$8 online tix: nerdniteeb.yapsody.com/event/book/296546/5166231

On Monday Sept 24th at Nerd Nite East Bay in Oakland, learn how machines are teaching themselves about atoms, hear why termites are overturning theories of personality and speciation, and hear a bit on the history of the banjo in America and follow its recent worldwide invasion.

  • $8 advance tix/$10 at the door. 21+ please.
  • Monday September 24, 2018
  • 7PM: Doors and Games
  • 8PM: Talks
  • Club 21, 2111 Franklin St, Oakland
  • 2 blocks from 19th St BART
  • Facebook RSVP HERE

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The Banjo in America, The European Invasion, and How to Play (A Little)

Like a strange invasive species that has finally breached foreign shores and borders, the twangy banjo, a peculiar American creation, is proliferating with frightening speed through the rest of the world. Learn a bit of the history of this confounding instrument, with a backstory as darkly nuanced as that of its origin country, and the different types of string music finding popularity throughout Europe. Plus, get a little dose of live banjo music, and hear about the cultural confusion that happens when banjos start going through customs in France, long known for its passionate love of the accordion.

Erik Yates is a musician in the band Hot Buttered Rum. The band’s progressive bluegrass and jam band-based rock and roll has attracted a passionate multi-generational audience for decades. After enough time in the non-profit and teaching worlds to know that playing music was the world’s only sensible job, Erik hit the road with HBR to change the world “one bar at a time.” When not on the road with HBR, Erik can be found touring in support of his first solo album Give It Time from Floating Records, www.floatingrecords.com/erik-yates

What Termites Teach Us About Insect Personalities & Gut Bacteria

Millions of tiny termite mouths full of dirt work together to create huge home mounds, but after decades of failed behavior modeling by roboticists, new research shows that termites are not a massive mindless monolithic superorganism. Instead, termites behave as occasionally selfish and sometimes wacky individuals with unique personalities. Learn how the power of insect individuality is harnessed towards the common good, and how the five hundred species of microbes in termite guts have, conversely, given away most of their own autonomy by losing large portions of their DNA and revealed a radical new way of thinking about microbes and species.

Lisa Margonelli is the author of UNDERBUG: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology. She has written for Scientific American, Wired, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. Her previous book Oil On the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to your Tank was a national bestseller. https://lisamargonelli.com

Connecting Atoms to Aircraft Using Machine Learning

The interactions of atoms control the behavior of everyday objects like airplanes, computers and people, but we still don’t know precisely how. Learn how problems like predicting air turbulence that have remained unsolved for centuries are being reevaluated with novel approaches to machine learning. Plus discover how physicists are beginning to understand the small scale atomic motions that give rise to specific large motions. and how machine learning algorithms are being taught the basic laws of physics.

Jeremy Templeton is the deputy program manager for the Advanced Simulation and Computing program at Sandia National Labs. He has developed data-driven approaches for multiscale turbulence modeling and the mechanics of materials during his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and beyond. He enjoys relaxing with Kilimanjaro beer at the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Plus preshow games from 7-8PM, music from DJ Pili Pili, food from Miss Arepita, drinks from Club 21 and info from the Oakland Public Library.
Doors at 7PM, Talks at 8PM. 21+ Please.
$8 online tix: nerdniteeb.yapsody.com/event/book/296546/5166231

  • $8 advance tix/$10 at the door

  • Monday September 24, 2018
  • 7PM: Doors and Games
  • 8PM: Talks
  • Club 21, 2111 Franklin St, Oakland
  • 2 blocks from 19th St BART
  • 21+