Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Upcoming Events

As part of the World Science Festival, Michael Hogan and Mary McDonnell will appear at the 92nd St. Y Friday June 12 in NYC to discuss "Cyborgs on the Horizon" with other great panelists:

Cast members from Battlestar Galactica join leading roboticists to explore scientifically, philosophically and ethically the approaching frontier where intelligent machines are commonplace and cybernetic technology enhances human capabilities. Featuring sneak previews from the forthcoming Battlestar spinoff The Plan as well as live appearances by some of the shows favorite cylons.

Faith Salie

Nick Bostrom
Michael Hogan
Hod Lipson
Mary McDonnell
Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is often called the world's first cyborg, because of his self-experimentation with computer chip implants. Nick Bostrom is a co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association and recently gained attention for his thought experiment describing one of the strange philosophical implications of multiverse theories: our universe may be a computer simulation.

So, it should be an exciting event. Galactica Sitrep co-editors Proggrrl and Sam J. Miller will be attending.

Also coming up this Thursday, in Los Angeles is the free Los Angeles Times Envelope Screening Series:
June 4, 7:30pm Battlestar Galactica (SCI FI)
Q & A with exectutive producers Ronald D. Moore & David Eick and
actors Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.
Moderated by Geoff Boucher

Boucher notes on his Hero Complex Blog:
A reminder that this Thursday night I will be moderating a very special "Battlestar Galactica" panel with Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, Ron Moore and David Eick along with some representatives of the United Nations. That may sound like an odd mix, but anyone familiar with the late, great television series knows that it delved into some harrowing human rights issues and was laced with heavy social and ethical themes.

This will be the second panel of this kind -- there was a New York edition moderated by Whoopi Goldberg that set a starting point for this West Coast conversation.

We'll be doing the panel in a 500-seat venue at Mann Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd.) and you can find out about the ticketing process and other details at the Envelope Screening Series website.

RSVP for the event here.

Another reminder, Bear McCreary's summer BSG concert series gets underway in downtown L.A. at Grand Performances at California Plaza on Saturday evening June 13th, for free.

Be there.