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Monday
Feb252013

Public Lecture: Mark ALpert - Extinction

Extinction

When: Wednesday March 6 @ 7PM

Where: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1 (map)

Free and open to the public!

Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.

The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

Join us first for a special lecture by science-writer-turned-author Mark Alpert as he discusses the incredible sceintific and technological advances -- including those advocated by Ray Kurzweil and the so-called "Singularitarians" -- that inspired his latest book, and where those advances might one day lead humanity.

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Mark Alpert is the author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, and Extinction. A former editor at Scientific American, he specializes in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions, parallel universes, and brain-machine interfaces. In his novels, he weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that incorporate real theories and technologies.