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Is it okay to kill a zombie? What if we had a zombie cure? And once we’ve neutralized the zombie threat, how worried should we be about Skynet? Join us for answers to these questions and more! Be there and be square!
“Ethics of the Undead” by Kyle MunKittrick
Zombies, we love to hate them. But is it actually ethically acceptable to kill zombies? “Ethics of the Undead” explores the rights of dead people, the ethical conundrums brought up by different types of zombies, and what we would do if we could “cure” zombification. We know you’ll love this gloriously gory combination of philosophy and horror.
NYU educated bioethicist Kyle Munkittrick works by day to revolutionize health care, by night he a can be found oversharing his opinions and over analyzing science, philosophy, and culture on twitter @popbioethics. His longer writing can be found on Discover Magazine, Slate, and io9.
“When will supercomputers take over the world?” by Paul Constantine
The world’s biggest computers keep getting bigger, faster, and more powerful. The astonishing progress has inspired many futurists to posit the day when some beefy calculator with glowing red eye-like LEDs will become self-aware and take control of the world. In reality, scientists in our nation’s top research laboratories and universities harness this computing power daily to make scientific progress with sophisticated simulations—and no legitimate threat of Skynet. Hear about the trends in supercomputers and the science being done with them.
Paul Constantine is an assistant professor in applied math and statistics at Colorado School of Mines. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering in 2009 and was awarded the John von Neumann Fellowship in Computational Science at Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests in computational science include uncertainty quantification, where the goal is to devise and compute measures of confidence for big computer simulations. He’s also seen Terminator, like, twice.
Don’t miss these amazing presentations (and the accompanying drinks). Tickets are $5 online and $7 at the door. So grab your tix now!