Humanities

Predicting the Future is Risky: A Panel Discussion

Effective policies, wise investments, informed decisions, and smart designs all require some consideration of possible future conditions. This may take the form of a statistical forecast, model simulation, projection of trends, or simply an educated guess. However, the future is inherently uncertain, so perfectly accurate predictions are impossible. How can we characterize and plan for what we do not know? Does a detailed and honest characterization of forecast uncertainty lead to better decisions?

Amazon Sumerian: Basics of Amazon Sumerian

Amazon Sumerian is a new development platform for games and VR/AR. Built on A-frame and native to WebVR, Amazon Sumerian runs in a browser, with no downloads, and creates experiences that are published directly to the web. These experiences are device agnostic and can run on mobile devices, tablets, PCs, Macs, and all VR HMDs. The platform is tailored for non-programmers and offers an easy and intuitive interface. Come to an introductory workshop where you can learn the basics of Sumerian!

Hosted by Duke GameLab & Games&Culture Lab.

3rd Annual Invented at Duke Celebration

Co-hosted by Duke OLV & Duke I&E, Invented at Duke celebrates and promotes the diverse accomplishments of Duke innovators and entrepreneurs. The event showcases select technologies, inventions, and novel ideas-illustrating the breadth of Duke discoveries-while also highlighting Duke's innovation and entrepreneurship resources and facilitating discussions among Duke inventors and the broader Duke community.

The Doomsday Calculation: Quantifying Future Risks

Many of the future risks that most concern us-from global nuclear war to catastrophic climate change to out-of-control artificial intelligence-have no precedent. In trying to evaluate such risks we cannot rely on statistics, human experience, or even a complete understanding of the underlying science. William Poundstone, author of The Doomsday Calculation, talks about the burgeoning and sometimes controversial use of Bayesian reasoning and indirect evidence to help quantify existential risks.

#RepresentationsMatter: Intersections of Digital Technology & Black Experience

POSTED ON BEHALF OF NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY: Join us for the keynote presentation for #RepresentationMatters, the Fall 2019 Triangle Digital Humanities Institute (TDHI) hosted by NCCU (http://triangledh.org/tdhi/). No registration is required for the keynote. Parking info: https://www.nccu.edu/health-safety/police/parking.cfm

Tyler Priest (Energy Transition Speaker Series)

Seating is limited, please RSVP: bit.ly/tylerpriest

How and why does the petroleum industry extract oil and gas from deepwater (beyond 1,300-foot depths)? And how long will it last? During 2007-2012, 50 percent of the 170 billion barrels of global conventional oil (and gas equivalent) discovered by industry was in deepwater. Global output from these depths is projected to double by 2030, to 14 million barrels/day. This presentation will explain the history of petroleum extraction beyond the edge of the continental shelf and discuss its implications for the future of energy.

Principles of Game Design

Do you have a great idea for a game but don't know where to get started? Do you want to get together and create with like-minded gamers at Duke? Do you want to prepare for the Global Game Jam? The Duke Game Lab is hosting a series of design workshops to do just that! You are welcome to attend just one or all, each workshop stands alone but will allow you to practice skills gained from previous experience. So come learn game design with us!

Computational Humanities Reading Group

What is digital humanities (DH) and what are the critical frameworks that inform the field? This reading group is meant as an wide ranging exploration of DH and computational methods broadly understood.
For the academic year 2019-2020, the reading group is broadly structured to focus on:
theoretical background in the Fall Semester;
methodological concerns in the Spring Semester
Please click here for more information and a list of readings for the academic year:

Why Mentors Matter? How to Build Responsible Research Mentoring at Duke

Join us for an open discussion with three distinguished researchers and their disciples

Moderator: Johnna Frierson, PhD, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Post Doctoral Diversity and Inclusion, School of Medicine
Mentor Anna Gasman-Pines, PhD and Mentee Jane Leer
Mentor Herman Staats, PhD and Mentee Brandi Johnson-Weaver, PhD
Mentor Geeta Swamy, MD and mentee Sarah Wheeler, MD

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