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TEDxBinghamton to talk “God particle,” zombies, Artificial Intelligence

Series of talks by tech and science experts set for February 24

Whether it’s artificial intelligence or dating in America, the God particle or the “death” of the zombie, Binghamton University’s third annual TEDx is bringing an expert to cover it — this year seeking to delve into everything from great scientific breakthroughs to fascinating breakdowns of our day-to-day lives.

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Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger speaks during the spring 2012 TEDx talks held in the Anderson Center.

Eight speakers will present at this year’s “Sex, Tech & Rock ‘n’ Roll” TEDx event, which will take place at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Osterhout Concert Theater. The event is part of TED — Technology, Entertainment, Design — a nonprofit organization that licenses to groups interested in holding TEDx events in their communities.

TED talks are typically 20 minutes long and feature topics related to science, technology or culture.

Among this year’s headliners is David Ferrucci, award-winning IBM researcher, who will discuss his role in creating the Watson artificial intelligence, and how it revolutionized the field of AI.

With the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, Kyle Cranmer, an New York University professor and physicist, will dissect the significance of the God particle and his work on the Large Hadron Collider.

And professor John Boyer from Virginia Tech will argue that people need to look back to the Homo habilis, an ancestor to the Homo sapiens, to adapt in a changing world.
Michelle Thaller, assistant director of science for communications at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, will present on dark matter, explaining just what it is and what we still don’t know.

TEDxBinghamton will also highlight several unorthodox topics related to media and culture.

Alexander Macris, general manager of “The Escapist” online magazine, will examine the “dumbing down” of media and all forms of art.

Professor Daniel Drezner from Tufts University will argue against the use of zombies as a metaphor, claiming the sub-genre has reached its limit.

Tackling the issues of dating in America, Justin Garcia, research fellow at The Kinsey Institute and Binghamton University alumnus, will discuss the evolution of relationships.
Joshua Harker, famous American artist, will use his art to demonstrate what he considers the “third Industrial Revolution” and its effects on society.

Leonard Simmons, executive director of TEDxBinghamton and a senior double-majoring in philosophy, politics and law and political science, acquired the license from TED for Binghamton TEDx two years ago.

Simmons said the talks bring intellectual topics into a refreshing and exciting setting.

“TEDx offers students a chance to see true leaders in their fields, in a way that is much different from your usual academic lecture,” Simmons said in an email. “These speakers bring their best to these short talks, and offer inspiring stories about what made them engage in their professions in the first place.”

Jonathan Prosperi, senior director of TEDxBinghamton and a senior double-majoring in philosophy and philosophy, politics and law, considers the event to be in the same vein as formal education.

“What we are trying to do in miniature [is] what many universities hope to do on a macro scale: get together compelling educators with an audience of interested individuals, for the mutual benefit of learning something from one another,” Prosperi wrote in an email.

Prosperi said he is particularly excited to hear Thaller’s presentation on dark energy.

“Michelle has also been a personal source of inspiration for me,” Prosperi said. “As a kid, and even into my adulthood, I have been fascinated with the furthest outer reaches of space and what is at the very end-of-the-end, so to speak.”

The event is sponsored by multiple organizations and offices on campus, including the Office of the President, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Student Association Programming Board and the Philosophy of Science Club. The event’s budget is around $25,000, according to Simmons.

Vincent Asaro, a senior majoring in integrative neuroscience, said he was excited to see both Macris and Ferrucci at the event.

“As someone who really enjoys video games, I’m very interested to hear Alex’s opinion on the gaming industry,” Asaro said. “As for Ferrucci, I really would like to hear a bit about the history of one of the researchers who worked on the Watson project. Artificial intelligence is something that was only still an idea when I was growing up, and now they have managed to make it a reality.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance in the Tillman Lobby from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20, online or at the door.

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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