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Vaccines and Artificial Brain

  • Freewheel Brewing Company 3736 Florence Street Redwood City, CA, 94063 United States (map)

Come to hear the history and future of vaccines and learn about how your brain control all your muscles. Plus, our beloved science rapper Tom will rap for you again!

Food and drinks available for purchase. Family friendly, bring your kids.

A Shot In The Dark (the history and future of vaccines)

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Dr. Michal Caspi Tal

Postdoc at Stanford, Immunology Department

Infectious disease has taken a huge toll on humanity for our entire existence. In one of the great examples where together we are more than the sum of our parts, protective vaccination campaigns that developed “Community Immunity” to vicious microscopic bugs have all but allowed us to forget some of the most deadly diseases that once plagued mankind. From the early vaccines against Smallpox and Rabies to modern vaccines design strategies against HIV, Ebola, and ZIKA, we will discuss how vaccine work and the current controversy surrounding them.

Science Rapping

Tom McFadden

Middle school science teacher by day, and a SCIENCE RAPPER by night

Tom teaches 8th grade science at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, and makes science raps with students all over the Bay Area. You may have seen his science rap music videos on his YouTube channel - "Science With Tom" or at our September Event. And because you liked his song, he will come back with a couple more songs (including students performing "My Shot").

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How did we learn to walk?

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Łukasz Kidziński

Postdocs at the Mobilize Center at Stanford

You have over 640 muscles and only 1 brain to control them. Have you ever wondered how you orchestrate this complicated system with such great precision?

It's difficult to decompose a brain to single neurons to understand how it works. Instead, we designed a "simplified human" and build Artificial Intelligence to control it, or, in other words, we built an artificial brain.

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