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Genome Sequencing for Pathogen Discovery – Joseph DeRisi (UCSF, HHMI)

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For decades, a strange neurological disease has plagued snakes around the world. The snakes tie themselves into knots, exhibit strange behaviors, and eventually die. In this talk, Dr. Joseph DeRisi describes how his lab uncovered the mysterious agent responsible for this disease, which turned out to be an ancient arenavirus.

About the speaker:
Joseph DeRisi, PhD., is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, chair of the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. DeRisi was one of the early pioneers of DNA microarray technology and whole genome expression profiling and is nationally recognized for his efforts to make this technology accessible and freely available. His lab has identified putative disease-causing viruses in a wide variety of animals, including humans. Dr. DeRisi was named a MacArthur fellow in 2004, and was awarded the Heinz Award in 2008 and the John J. Carty Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

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“Algorand: A Better Distributed Ledger,” with Silvio Micali

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Title: Algorand: A Better Distributed Ledger
Date: 10/13/17
Speaker: Silvio Micali

Abstract
A distributed ledger is a tamperproof sequence of data that can be read and augmented by everyone. Distributed ledgers stand to revolutionize the way a democratic society operates. They secure all kinds of traditional transactions—such as payments, asset transfers, titling—in the exact order in which they occur; and enable totally new transactions—such as cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. They can remove intermediaries and usher in a new paradigm for trust. As currently implemented, however, distributed ledgers cannot achieve their enormous potential.

Algorand is an alternative, democratic, and efficient distributed ledger. Unlike prior ledgers based on “proof of work,” it dispenses with “miners.” Indeed, Algorand requires only a negligible amount of computation. Moreover, its transaction history does not “fork” with overwhelming probability: i.e., Algorand guarantees the finality of all transactions.

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Silvio Micali
Faculty at MIT and ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner
Silvio Micali recieved his Laurea in Mathematics from the University of Rome, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1983, he has been on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT.

Silvio’s research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudo-random generation, secure protocols, mechanism design, and distributed ledgers.

Silvio is the recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (in computer science), the Gödel Prize (in theoretical computer science), and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Academia dei Lincei.

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Stephen Ibaraki
Venture Capitalist, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Co-Chair of the ACM Practitioners Board
With more than 100 top executive roles, global lifetime achievement and innovation awards and recognitions, a few of executive chairman and serial entrepreneur Stephen Ibaraki’s positions include: Co-Chair of the ACM Practitioners Board; Founding Chair of the Global Industry Council and Vice-Chair IP3 IFIP Board; top 5 blogger IDG-IT World (Canada); Founding Managing Partner at REDDS Venture Investment Partners; Founder of the technology advisory board at Yintech Investment Holdings Ltd.; Founding Chairman for outreach of the UN ITU ICT Discovery Journal; Founding Chair-Moderator/Keynote/Organizer for UN ITU AI events, ITU UN Briefing New York; Founder, Founding Chairman for Outreach, Founding Member of the Steering Committee for the seminal UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit with XPRIZE Foundation; keynote at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE Austin USA); Founding Chairman of the Technology Advisory Council Financial Services Roundtable FinTech Ideas Festival (FSR: 92.7 trillion managed assets, 1.2 trillion annual revenue); Invited Advisor to a board within IEEE; 14 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Awards, 3 Global Gold Awards and 3 Founding Fellow Awards. Other roles include nominated Founding Fellow, Past Board Chair and President of the government-chartered Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).

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Scientists Have Launched an Breakthrough Way to Communicate With Aliens: Futurism Originals

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The Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Initiative is planning to a program of directed signaling toward the nearest potentially habitable planets, the latest in a long tradition of attempts to signal our cosmic neighbors.

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