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Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES “Don’t Look Up! Understanding Difficult Technological Truths"

Artificial intelligence will take your job! Genetic engineering will accelerate the loss of biodiversity! The modern smart-city is a privacy disaster! Killer robots and technological progress are out of control! Is the techno-apocalypse upon us? Should we run for the exit? Or are there more nuanced ways to understand the complex interaction between technology and society and values?

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:30 am - 10:30 am EST (GMT -05:00)

Canada and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Project Ploughshares is hosting a virtual workshop focused on Canada, the growing nuclear threat, and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

There are nearly 13,000 nuclear weapons in existence today. Each presents an existential, yet preventable, risk. Now is the time for decisive Canadian action toward nuclear abolition.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

CSTV movie night: The Star Wars Kid

In 2002, Ghyslain Raza made a fun video of himself playing a Star Wars character. Later the video was posted on the internet without his consent.
It became the first viral video, with enormous consequences for Raza.
In 2022, Raza broke his silence to speak about his experience and reflect on its meaning today.
Join us in E5 6004 @ 7pm on Feb. 15 to watch this documentary as Raza revisits "The Star Wars Kid."

Free admittance!  Free popcorn!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 2:30 am - 3:30 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Internet: Past, Present and Future

Vinton G. Cerf, Internet pioneer and Vice President and "Chief Internet Evangelist" at Google, will speak about the history of the Internet, beginning with the Arpanet, then move along the terrestrial Internet trajectory. He will then present emerging policy and technical challenges and, finally, discuss the interplanetary Internet project.

His lecture is free, open to everyone, and takes place on Tuesday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Waterloo's Humanities Theatre.

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Friday, June 14, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Chasing Time (film screening)

The documentary Chasing Time will be screened with a following panel discussion, Friday in the E7 event space (2nd floor).  The documentary is the visually stunning culmination of the Extreme Ice Survey project: an unprecedented 15-year photographic record of the melting glaciers around the world.

Admission is free.  RSVP at the event site.

This event is part of the visit of David and Linda Cornfield to the Systems Design Engineering department.  David Cornfield is a Waterloo Engineering graduate ('85), who went on to a successful career with Microsoft.  David and Linda Cornfield turned their attention to philanthropy and environmentalism, choosing to support projects that will have great social and environmental impact.

Chatting Time is a follow-up to the documentary Chasing Ice (2012).

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Critical Tech Talk 9: Perspectives on Accelerating AI Adoption

Join us to explore the impact of the Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems. The code, introduced by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, aims to foster public trust in AI technologies, intending to accelerate adoption. This engaging panel discussion featuring education leaders, computer science researchers and industry experts will explore the broader implications of accelerating AI adoption beyond economic impacts. Speakers will share insights hopes and concerns about the potential societal changes, ethical considerations and regulatory challenges that come with AI.

Admission free.  Register at the Critical Media Lab website.