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Welcome to the best Think Tank in the Sacramento Region. We are inquiring minds, discussing interesting issues and share insights and ideas. We are all ages, professions, and political ideologies.

Each meetup is a topic posted on this website with links to relevant sources, for the members to view before attending the meet up. We include and consider many sources for a topic, such as TED talks, YouTube, Science Channel, and also do talks about social and political issues in the news.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

La Bou

Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

Hacking Humans

Labou @ Corner Folsom Blvd & Blue Ravine

Persuasion have been used throughout history to exploit vulnerabilities of the human mind. Persuasive Technology is accelerating the rate and sophistication of these exploits; employing neuroscience, psychology, and the tech industry. This technology doesn't need to be perfect to be successful. For example a one percent shift in an election vote could change the election outcome. Did you know.... 70% of the content people watch on YouTube is driven by algorithms ( "auto play" and “top recommendations”). The algorithms are designed to keep your attention for as long a possible. YouTubes then sells your attention and personal information to anybody willing to pay for it. Perhaps even to a company like Cambridge Analytica who can create custom messages to influence your voe. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ted Talk | Tristan Harris | 17 min | How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74amJRp730&t=9s -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- The Guardian | Christopher Wylie | 13 min | Interview with Christopher Wylie tells the story behind Cambridge Analytica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXdYSQ6nu-M&list=PL4E5N0EddkSH8InHbx0bf4DGjmbdS3niU&index=44&t=0s

Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

La Bou

Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

La Bou

Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

Past events (450)

Mueller Report- Read 1st Three Sections, Come Discuss

Labou @ Corner Folsom Blvd & Blue Ravine

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