Lev Manovich: How to see 300 million images? Exploring large cultural data to unlearn what we know

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Lev Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as “the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.” Manovich is a Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big cultural data. In 2013 he appeared on the List of 25 People Shaping the Future of Design.

His website is manovich.net.

November 7, 2014; 3 PM in Russell House, 350 High Street.

This talk is sponsored by the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative 

Christopher Weaver: The Informed Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons of Experience and Science to Improve Startup Success

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Biography: Chris Weaver teaches in Materials Science and Engineering and Comparative Media Studies/Writing. He received his S.M. from MIT and was the initial Daltry scholar at Wesleyan University, where he earned dual master’s degrees in Japanese and Computer Science and a CAS Doctoral Degree in Japanese Ethnomusicology and Physics. The former Director of Technology Forecasting for ABC and Chief Engineer to the Subcommittee on Communications to the US Congress, he founded Bethesda Softworks, a leading software company that is credited with the development of physics-based sports simulation and creating the original John Madden Football for Electronic Arts as well as the Elder Scrolls role-playing series. He has numerous patents in interactive media, security, broadband and telecommunications engineering. A former member of the Architecture Machine Group and Fellow of the Research Program on Communications Policy, he is currently a Board Member of the Communications Technology Roadmap Group in the Microphotonics Center at MIT.

Talk: There is more to entrepreneurship than luck. Learn some of the science behind key entrepreneurial principles and test your knowledge in the process. Christopher Weaver (MALS ‘76/CAS ‘77) is the Founder of Bethesda Softworks, creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls series. He will discuss the building of one of the largest private games companies in the world, and will share some of the lessons he learned along the way.

November 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM in Usdan 108

Sponsored by DaCKI, The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of Integrative Sciences