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George Dyson (Online)
August 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm PDTFree – $40
This event is online.
The hacker historian and author behind 2012’s Turing’s Cathedral returns to Kepler’s for the release of Analogia, a boldly philosophical book which explores the arc of technology from the stone ages to the predicted point of singularity. How has technology shaped humanity through time, and what lays in store when we develop technologies beyond our programmable control?
Dyson offers a rich historical glance that sweeps centuries, peppered with autobiographical elements including Freeman Dyson’s work on TRIGA (the safe nuclear reactor used around the word to create medical isotopes), and his own 1972 stint squatting on land in British Columbia in a tree house of his own design to get some distance from that very legacy. Dyson even delves into his noted love of kayak design. The resulting book is a treasure of philosophy, science, history, biography, and the ways we as human beings shift with emerging scientific breakthroughs. He pays especial attention to the development of complex networks and artificial intelligence.
After a sweeping four-part review of technology to date, Dyson projects into the future to suggest that perhaps machines and nature could join forces against… us. Don’t miss the author in person as he shares his expertise, exquisite logic and peerless prose. RSVP now to reserve your space in the webinar, and our emerging technological future.
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