2nd ZIFERBLAB LINEUP
We’re really excited to present our speakers for our second Ziferblab on Monday, November 27th at 19:00.
“THE PHILOSOPHICAL VALUE OF SILENCE”
Philosophers try to find the right words to speak about confusing issues. But isn’t it sometimes better not talk at all? Can’t we philosophically profit from silence? In this talk, I will discuss how silence relates to the problem of relativism. This problem notes that while the idea that the truth is a product of our culture seems pretty plausible, it is also difficult to accept. I will argue that silence can sometimes be necessary if we want our words to have meaning in the first place.
Adam Lalak studied philosophy at the University of Cambridge, which confused him so much that he thinks about philosophical problems in the shower to this day. He used to work at the Institute of Art and Ideas and now he makes a living by writing about the future of our civilisation (basically a modern version of a soothsayer).
“KINK: BETWEEN ‘NORMAL’ AND ‘PERVERTED'”
What is kink? Are ‘perverts’ perverted? What is ‘normal’ in sex and relationships? Where is the space for love and communication? Together, let’s challenge the stereotypes and definitions of what the ‘norm’ should be.
Michał gathers knowledge and experience by observing, talking to people and working at places that seem to have nothing in common: a school, a sex-shop, a co-working space and an advertising agency. He’s not an expert in sexuality but sure can tell you some cool stories, make you think and open your eyes.
“NEUROPLASTICITY AND OUR EVOLVING SOCIETY”
Over the past three years, James Kite has been following his creative and intellectual curiosities through Find Enlight (a discovery hub for creative and intellectual thought through events, explorations, publications and more).
In the process, an over-arching theme that has fascinated him is how our minds are freakishly malleable and how this finding could have positive implications for society as a whole.
“UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME 101:”
Universal basic income (UBI) is much talked about, alternatively maligned or consigned to utopian futures. This talk will serve as an introduction to the concept of a universal basic income, the practical considerations of how it could be (and has been!) implemented, and what results we can expect from a UBI, both social and economic. Several prominent thinkers and writers on the subject will also be name-dropped if further research sounds appealing.
Ashley has recently completed a master’s degree in international relations at King’s College London. Economics is more of a passion project, but she’s never let that stop her from getting into heated debates at parties. In her downtime, she can be found ingesting copious amounts of caffeine and wandering London museums.
“THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND AI: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM TRYING TO TEACH ROBOTS”
We’re all familiar with self-driving cars, deep neural nets, and deadly killbots, but in coming up with all of these, AI researchers have spent quite a bit of time thinking about what it means to believe, learn, and make decisions. Ideas like the Münchhausen Trilemma and the Ugly Duckling Theorem may seem purely academic, but it turns out that the wisdom of AI can also help us humans make better decisions, have more reasonable debates, and raise overall awareness about what our brain is really doing under the hood.
Tired of using AI for evil things like trading algorithms and music composition, Gabi Teodoru turned his skills towards loftier goals like performance coaching, only to discover that the fundamental ideas behind AI (plus some psychology and neuroscience) can be turned into practical tips that help people think better and achieve more in their everyday lives.
ZIFERBLAB — a bar-room lecture series in your local non-bar.
After the humongous, gigantic, unfathomable success of the inaugural Ziferblab, we’re getting straight back to the blab on the 27th of November and we can’t wait to see you there!
Lectures will be 10 minutes each, followed by 5 minutes of Qs and hopefully some As.
£5 at the door (free for speakers!) — come listen and learn about random subjects from your fellow fantastic Ziferblatians!