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Spring 2019 Events

The CLASS Climate Change & Sustainability Task Force, CPP History Department, and CPP Science, Technology, and Society Program present:

Being the Change:  Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution
Film screening, April 22, 2019, 4-6pm in the CPP Library, Room 1807.  Special Guest:  Peter Kalmus. JPL Physicist and Atmospheric Scientist, star of Being the Change and author of the companion book.

CPP Library presents:

Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories, Natalie Russell, Assistant Curator of Library Collections at The Huntington Library; April 11,  4:00-5:00pm, University Library, 3rd Floor Grand Reading Room.

Abstract: Octavia E. Butler was the first female African-American writer to make science fiction her career. A shy, only child from Pasadena, California, she dreamed of ordinary people in extraordinary worlds, and extraordinary people in ordinary worlds, and put them on the page. Her stories brought the voice of woman of color to a genre traditionally dominated by white men. That powerful voice tackled issues, not just about race, but themes that continue to resonate with a wide audience: power, identity, gender, class, the environment, and what it means to be human.

7th Annual Student RSCA Conference Symposium at Cal Poly Pomona features:

Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain within Information Systems, Albert Fattal,  STS Major; March 1, 1:45-2:00 pm, Building 9 - Room 211.

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain are two major technologies with the potential of transforming modern business and leadership. While each one of the two technologies offers both technical and business advantages, when working together they promise a technical and economic revolution. In modern business and leadership, the two technologies promise to improve transparency, efficiency and openness in all processes. In the discipline of Information Systems, AI and Blockchain ensure that various stakeholders own up to their data and keep a log of every individual that accesses such information. This research explores why the use of AI and Blockchain in Information Management Systems increase fairness, empowerment and fosters open economies.

Fall 2018 Events

4th Annual Creative Activities & Research Symposium at Cal Poly Pomona features:

Artificial Intelligence: Principles, Technologies, Breakthroughs, Impacts and Challenges, Albert Fattal,  STS Major;     August 16, 9:30 am, University Library

Abstract: The twenty-first century has witnessed a tremendous growth in computing technology. Artificial Intelligence is one of the most important aspects of Information Technology that has received a boost due to this growth. Computers and their accessories have become increasingly cheaper, allowing more people to participate in the evolution of the technology. The interest to develop machines with human-like thinking capabilities began in the mid-twentieth century with the invention of the Turing machine. Since then, engineers, scientists, and software programmers have successfully created programs and algorithms that enable machines to act autonomously. The future presents a vast array of possibilities, mainly spurred by advances in technology and contribution to the field. An often asked question is whether future AI will be capable of developing sentient thoughts. This research explores the principles, supporting technologies, breakthroughs, and impacts of AI technology in modern society.

Winter 2018 Events

The Cal Poly History Department hosts:

From the Cold War to the Space Race: Science, Technology, and Society in Southern California
The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Southern California
February 10, 2018

Spring 2017 Events

The Cal Poly History Department, History Club, and Science, Technology, and Society Program present:

Merchants of Doubt:  How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Film screening, May 2, 2017, 7-9pm in Building 5, Room 255.  Special Guest:  Historian and author Erik M. Conway

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