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March 28, 2018
Spread of Viruses and Ideas in the Age of Echo Chambers

Laurent Hébert-Dufresne: Assistant Professor of computer science at UVM; Member, UVM Complex Systems Center

With the advent of the new science of networks, we now know how unequal and segregated our social networks are. This lecture will introduce this new science as well as two concrete examples. In the physical world, understanding social networks changes how we fight diseases. In the virtual world, it highlights the feedback loop between the spread of new ideas and how we choose to interact; often leading to closed echo chambers and less dialogue.

Free and open to the public

Hosted by: Generator Makerspace
Sponsored by: Vermont Complex Systems Center, and City of Burlington

Venue: Generator
Address: 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT 05401
Date/Time: Wed March 28 2018, 7:00pm EST

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February 28, 2018
Creating Autonomous Yet Safe Robots

Josh Bongard: Director, Morphology, Evolution & Computation Lab (meclab.org); Member, UVM Complex Systems Center

The robot revolution is upon us: autonomous cars are almost ready to drive our streets, and drones are almost ready to deliver packages right to our doorstep. For the first time, this will bring people into close contact with complex, autonomous machines. How do we ensure that these machines are still free to make decisions as they navigate our world but not harm people in the process? In this talk, I will describe how my research group is trying to do just this using a crowdsourcing and gaming platform called TwitchPlaysRobotics.

Free and open to the public

Hosted by: Generator Makerspace
Sponsored by: Vermont Complex Systems Center, and City of Burlington

Venue: Generator
Address: 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT 05401
Date/Time: Wed Feb 28 2018, 7:00pm EST


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