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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 22, 2018

KAUST WEP Poster Exhibition Jan 22

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Present your best research during this year’s WEP KAUST Poster Competition.  *This event is open to graduate students and postdocs.  Interested in sharing your research with the grea ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 13/14

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

Make. Working with CNC Machines 2

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Make & Create Team

At the heart of modern machine automation Computer Numerical Control (CNC), the execution of pre-programmed sequences of machine control commands, is the technology at the heart of modern machine aut ... more

Visualizing the Human Machine Future Exhibition - JAN 22

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 22

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

Undergraduate Poster Competition Exhibition Jan 22

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Facebook On-Air Interview with Yves Agid

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Yves Agid

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Yves Agid *Speaker to be confirmed Yves Agid is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, cell biologist, neurochemist, academician, university professor, hospital doct ... more

VR Lounge Jan 22

Location: Spine

VR Lounge is Saudi Arabia’s first virtual reality (VR) gaming hub and lounge. What is VR? Well it’s rather quite simple; it’s a simulated environment in which a user is immersed thro ... more

Interactive Virtual Reality Art Exhibit: Google Tilt Brush - JAN 22

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

Tilt Brush Instructor Workshop JAN 22

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Art Student Perspective

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

How AI Turned the Chess World Upside Down

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Susan Polgar

Man vs. Machine!  In 1977 an IBM supercomputer 'Deep Blue' beat the reigning World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov in a 6 game chess match played under tournament conditions. This was the first tim ... more

The Iris Project - JAN 22

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Felix Mayrl | Olivier Colin

The Iris Project, a contemporary variant of a humanistic photography The Iris highlights the infinite beauty and diversity of people all around the world, as a human prism. Two ph ... more

The Forgotten Half of the Brain

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Yves Agid |

A lecture by Pierre Magistretti and Yves Agid about the forgotten half of the Brain. Yves Agid will speak in particular about the role of GLIAL cells in normal and abnormal behaviors.  We ... more

Make Your Stuff Talk: Workshop & Hackathon 5/5

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

By Make & Create Team

Workshop & Hackathon The modern interface between humans and machines is rapidly changing with new developments such as voice control, conversational user interfaces, as well as networked haptic ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 14/14

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

A Human Brain or a Supercomputer, Better Together?

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By David Keyes | Samar Aseeri

A human brain or a supercomputer, better together? Sunway TaihuLight is the fastest supercomputer in the world today. It can perform calculations at a rate of 93 petaFLOP/s where each 1 petaFLOP/s is ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Margaret Livingstone

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Margaret Livingstone

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Margaret Livingstone *Speaker to be confirmed Margaret Livingstone is Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.  Facebook On-Air consists ... more

What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium ≤ 912

By Margaret Livingstone

What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain Artists have been doing experiments on vision longer than neurobiologists. Some major works of art have provided insights as to how we see; some of these insights ... more

Festival Chorus - 3/4

Location: Bldg. 20, Rehearsal Room

By John Perkins

About this event - four mandatory sessions plus a perfomance:  This course will train a Festival Chorus for a short, on-campus performance during WEP 2018. The Festival Chorus will be prepared i ... more

HER (2013)

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

About this Movie * This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is rated PG-13. A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to ... more