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January 14|25 2018

The future of blurred boundaries between humans and machines is a recurrent theme in science fiction. This future is today.

Join us for two weeks of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural and recreational events that will inspire our shared vision for a brighter, human-machine future. 

Is the future human?

Sensors monitor our state, health and behavior, relaying this data to configure a digital signature that is as much part of us as our biometric traits. Fed at petabyte levels, our digital signatures allow increasingly powerful machine learning algorithms to learn from the continuous data streams we generate and anticipate our needs and behaviors as consumers. 

Machine learning algorithms can increasingly mimic the function of our brain and will soon establish a direct interface that allows for the seamless control of robots. Robots are endowed with powerful sensorial capacities in order to interact with other humans, as well as their robotic avatars, through virtual networks that may eventually replace much of our human-to-human interactions. 

While this human-machine future offers to bring about unlimited potential, it also creates risks—of losing our privacy and the social traits inherent to our human nature. We live in a world where machines are increasingly embedded in our everyday lives. Machines shape our individual identities, social interactions, and society as a whole. During the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), we invite you to immerse yourself in a diverse and stimulating program, touching on the opportunities and risks of a future where the boundaries between machines and humans will become even more diffuse. 

 



Monday, January 15, 2018

Build Your Sensor Network 2/4

Location: Bldg. 9 Computer Lab 2223 ≤ 36

By Mohamed Norain

Build Your Sensor Network Using Basic Sensors and ARM Microprocessors During this workshop, 25 participants will learn how to build a basic sensor network using set of sensors, BLE transceiver, ... more

Tell Your Story Using Story Maps 2/2

Location: Bldg. 9 Computer Lab 2221 ≤ 18

By Colleen Campbell | Matthijs van Waveren | Ute Langner

Story Maps serves as a tool to facilitate the presentation of projects with spatial or geographical context. It enables the user to effectively tell his/her story by combining narration with images an ... more

The Science of Storytelling 1/5

Location: Spine Auditorium between Buildings 4 & 5

By Ian McLeod | Jon Rawlinson | Mark Ziembicki | Todd Nims

Science and technology have vital roles to play in helping solve the world’s great challenges Science and technology have great potential for solving local and global issues. In order to contri ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 3/14

Location: Building 19, Level 3, Conference Hall 1 & 2

By Chad Carlos | Ryan Coles | Thomas Kurz | Wesley Sine

KAUST Cornell Entrepreneurship Program KAUST is pleased to announce a partnership with Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management to offer a certificate program in entrepreneurship. Thi ... more

Visualizing the Human Machine Future Exhibition - JAN 15

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Anastasia Khrenova

About this Exhibition This exhibition will focus on visualization from the viewer’s perspective and will showcase photographs and scientific illustrations. It will be dispalyed from& ... more

Knowing How to See Exhibition - JAN 15

Location: Al-Khawarizmi East (Bldg. 1), Entrance Hall

By Al Khwarizmi Group

Photography is a Bridge Between Art and Mathematics The starting point of this exhibition is to translate the language and the insights of mathematics into photographic images and vice versa.  ... more

Interactive Virtual Reality Art Exhibit: Google Tilt Brush - JAN 15

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Visual Experience

Paint Inside a Virtual World with Google Tilt Brush Virtual reality is at the frontier of novel human machine interfaces. At this interactive exhibit you can paint inside a virtual world.  By e ... more

Interfacing Sensors To Micro Controllers

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Mohamed Norain

This lecture will cover the most common interface and interface techniques between sensors and microcontrollers. The presentation will introduce the pros and cons of each interface type including anal ... more

The Science of Storytelling 2/5

Location: Spine Auditorium between Buildings 4 & 5

By Ian McLeod | Jon Rawlinson | Mark Ziembicki | Todd Nims

Science and technology have vital roles to play in helping solve the world’s great challenges Science and technology have great potential for solving local and global issues. In order to contri ... more

Make. Building CNC Machines 2/2

Location: University Library, Level 3, Computer Lab 3134 ≤ 33

By Daniel Bryant | Jens Schneider | Myraida Rivera Marzan | Peter Rautek

Make. Building CNC Machines  Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is the execution of pre-programmed sequences of machine control commands. It is the technology at the heart of modern machine automa ... more

Klungbot Workshop 1/2

Location: Building 19, Level 1, Mosti Auditorium

By Eko Budi

Klungbot, A Robot That Plays Angklung Angklung is a traditional musical instrument made from bamboo that UNESCO acknowledged as Indonesia's cultural heritage in 2010. Recently, a group from the Depar ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 4/14

Location: Building 19, Level 3, Conference Hall 1 & 2

By Chad Carlos | Ryan Coles | Thomas Kurz | Wesley Sine

KAUST Cornell Entrepreneurship Program KAUST is pleased to announce a partnership with Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management to offer a certificate program in entrepreneurship. Thi ... more

Writing From the Reader's Perspective 2/4

Location: Bldg. 9 Classroom 3131 ≤ 42

By Umair Bin Waleed |

Improve your scientific writing skills What is the purpose of a scientific article? Is it the mere presentation or rather communication of information and thought? An article describing a great scie ... more

Build and program your Lego Mindstorm EV3

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Atlab Ltd.

During this workshop, 30 participants will build a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot and learn how to program commands;This 3-hours workshop will cover:  - An introduction of the EV3 Kit. - A ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Carolyn Porco

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Carolyn Porco

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Carolyn Porco *Speaker to be confirmed Carolyn Porco led NASA's imaging science team on the Cassini mission in orbit around Saturn.   Facebook&n ... more

Cassini: The Journey and the Legacy

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium ≤ 912

By Carolyn Porco

An international mission to explore, in depth, the Saturnian system –the planet Saturn and its magnetosphere, glorious rings, and many moons- begun over 27 years ago. After seven years of deve ... more

Star Trek (2009)

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Carolyn Porco

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is suitable for the whole family. The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with M ... more