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Why Computers Will [Not] Take Over the World: Palantir Engineer, Ari Gesher

  • Oct 9, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Come Xplore the fundamental insight powering "Silicon Valley's Next Billion-Dollar Company" (TechCrunch) and "The War on Terror's Secret Weapon" (BusinessWeek):

Computers Will [Not] Take Over the World: but will help us save it.

According to Palantir senior engineer & big data expert, Ari Gesher, the most powerful systems will be those that augment human intelligence, not attempt to recreate it.

Join us for a talk about:

  1. How humans and computers working in collaboration can outperform any computer in existence
  2. How artificial intelligence wrongfully hijacked the technology world for almost 15 years
  3. A number of complex real-world problems where the only solution is human-computer symbiosis, because automation fails
  4. How Peter Thiel-backed Palantir Technologies built a Java-based human-computer collaboration system that is being used by government agencies, large financial institutions and police departments around the globe

RSVP now to reserve your spot.

Craft beer by the cup + beer tasting + local cuisine* starting @ 7:08 PM

Presentation + Q&A @ 7:39 PM

About Palantir:

Palantir builds software that helps save lives, solve crimes, protect civil liberties, prevent disease and curb fraud by allowing organizations to make sense of massive amounts of disparate data.

* Now featuring Free local cuisine: supporting San Jose local restaurants!

At every TechXploration, we will support a San Jose-based restaurant (recommended by you!) for delicious event eats. What is your favorite local restaurant? Post it to the wall!

Event food provided by...Backayard!

About Ari Gesher:

  • Senior Engineer, responsible for developing Palantir's platform/operating system
  • Currently working on: Palantir's developer APIs for backend services and the systems engineering that goes into Palantir's servers

Public Transit Info:

Venue is across the street from a Light Rail stop: Karina Station

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  • Amanda S.

    October 21, 2012

  • Amanda S.

    Thank you all for coming last night! Check back soon for photos posted to this page. Video will go directly to our Youtube channel, so be sure to Subscribe!

    October 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Any idea when the video will be posted on YouTube?

      October 16, 2012

    • Amanda S.

      Hey Graeme! We will post videos by the end of this week.

      October 16, 2012

  • Kristian

    Photos are posted!

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    He laied it out well. Not sure if I trust the future but this is what it is.

    October 9, 2012

  • danielle s.

    This looks great!

    Also check out on eBay's North Campus a Free Public Art Installation presented by ZERO1.

    Before Us is the Salesman’s House (2012) is a large-scale projection on the entry façade of eBay Inc.’s north campus. The generative, live software system is, in the artist’s own words, “an investigation of eBay as a cultural artifact” that ties together texts, objects, and transactions pulled directly from visualizations of data from both the eBay and PayPal branches of the company to create stories that reveal societal trends. The open-ended work is framed around an exploration of geographic and temporal patterns within the eBay ecosystem, and anchored on excerpts of text from classic literature for sale on the site. The title references an excerpt from the first act of Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman.

    October 9, 2012

  • Kristian

    Hi. Is there anyone attending this event who lives in Union City, Hayward, North Fremont (or further North)? I need a carpool after the event to Union City.


    October 8, 2012

  • Amanda S.

    Make sure you all arrive on the early side tomorrow... DELICIOUS Backayard Caribbean Grill will be served at 7:08pm sharp and it will be gone by 7:39 (if not sooner!)

    October 8, 2012

  • Chris P.

    What about Poor House Bistro, Cajun cuisine?

    1 · September 27, 2012

  • Yuri D.

    Only 39 spots left for next week's event guys! Get the word out, tell your friends, Share, Like, all of the above - cause it'll be AWESOME =)

    October 3, 2012

  • Kerry D.

    Looking for one or two tech cofounders. iOS/Xcode background and/or Android, prefer South Bay. Have working demo but need a lot of GUI help. Look at and try their mobile/online demo. If you like their market you will love mine. Email me via Meetup.

    October 2, 2012

    • Amanda S.

      Kerry, come by the event and schmooze it up! I'm sure your pitch will be received well in person.

      October 3, 2012

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