Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

 

Upcoming events:

Nerd Nite on January 10th at Busby’s East — CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Informal, insightful, and accessible lectures at a bar.

 

JANUARY’S TOPICS AND PRESENTERS

PRESENTATION #1: Moore’s Law is over: Prepare for fewer upgrades, more online services, and sometimes the crappiest computer possible.
by Michael Gat

Summary: In 2003, the late Red Herring magazine called Moore’s Law “the greatest truth of our lives.” Outside the tech business few know what it is, and even those who do really don’t fully grasp the implications of its existence, and more recently, of its demise. But its existence defined the environment in which we have lived most of our lives, and the implications of its end will define our lives going forward. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom, but it calls for a rethink.

Bio: Michael Gat has avoided being forcibly removed from the tech industry for more than two decades. No number of Facebook and Twitter posts about “the reasons I hate tech” have caused him to be fired. Even a tech presentation featuring Wile E Coyote and an actual shit sandwich didn’t do it. In fact, they seem to want him more and more no matter what crazy stunts he pulls. Following a booze-laden trip to Vegas for a tech conference last month, he was offered a new job in Seattle that perfectly aligns with his beliefs about where tech is going. This will be his last presentation as an LA resident, but if you let him back he’ll still visit.

PRESENTATION #2: Flawed democracy, but who is counting?
by Nico Espiritu

Summary: For a country that calls itself a democracy, we have done a pretty lackluster job at ensuring that the vast majority of people living in this country have had a meaningful say in how our country gets run. What is our right to vote? How has this right been infringed? (hint: not so fun pop quizzes and lurid doodles have something to do with it). What was the most effective piece of civil rights litigation ever enacted and why was it so effective? Are there nefarious plotters in back rooms using computer programs to find devious ways to undermine our representative democracy? (hint: there are). How is our right to vote currently in jeopardy and what can you do about it? All this and more! (well maybe not much more)

Bio: Nico is a do-gooder lawyer by day and a law school lecturer on the subjects of Critical Race Theory and voting rights by night, but don’t hold that against him. When he had more free time he did somewhat more interesting things like amateur motorcycle racing, capoeira, and thinking he was better at soccer than he actually was. In recent years he has been the recipient of several third place finishes at pub trivia nights, and the winner of a crock-pot cookoff.

PRESENTATION #3: The Global Microbiome Conservancy: The race to preserve the species in our feces.
by Chris Corzett

Summary: Every gram of your stool contains more bacteria than there are people on Earth, and these microbes are vital to your health. However, the kinds of microbes inside you depends largely on where and how you live. The Global Microbiome Conservancy is on a mission to preserve the full diversity of human gut, including rare and disappearing strains found only in traditional societies. I’ll share how communities around the world are working with scientists to understand and protect this important biodiversity, and safeguard against future bacterial extinctions caused by rapidly changing lifestyles.

Bio: Christopher Corzett, Ph.D., loves puns and hates seeing people wear scrubs in public. As a child he wanted to become Santa Claus, but settled on becoming a scientist since the position was filled. Over the years he has studied how bacteria eat seaweed to develop alternative sources of renewable energy, how microbes adapt to environmental change, and how pathogens cause disease. Long fascinated by the intersection of science and art, he also uses photography to extend the reach and resonance of research.


Nerd Nite takes place at:

Busby’s East
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.

 

 

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