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Nerd Nite Denver Launch: "Zombies & Supercomputers"­

Hi all.  This sounds very much like Cafe Sci (only a little bit funnier:)) so I thought I would post it.  This will be their debut night so I'm hoping we can get a lot of folks out to support.  Like Cafe Sci, this IS NOT an atheist meetup - it's open to the general public.  Tix are $5 online, $7 at the door.  I'll definitely be there!  Sounds like a lot of fun and, of course, anything about zombies and science is worth checking out.  For tix click here: TICKETS

Here is the info about the group and the topic:

Nerd Nite is a world-wide monthly lecture series that, to quote sister city Nerd Nite San Francisco, strives for an “inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe.”

This informal, typically hilarious and always informative event is for nerds and non-nerds alike to gather, meet, laugh, and drink.

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!

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“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.

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“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.

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-nerd-nite-zombies-and-supercomputers-tickets-11211376529

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  • Sandyn S.

    Sorry I couldn't make it.

    May 14, 2014

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