A.I. and Transhumanism: Beauty is in the A.I. of the Beholder
6:30 PM18:30

A.I. and Transhumanism: Beauty is in the A.I. of the Beholder

AI LA brings you another exciting Third Thursday Tech Talk where we will discuss:

What is the role of artificial intelligence in the Transhumanist movement?

What is new progress on AGI (Artificial General Intelligence)?

Get tickets here: https://ai_transhumanism.eventbrite.com

Updated Speaker List + Schedule coming soon!


Professor Newton Lee

David Kelley


Todd Terrazas - AI LA Founder & President

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AI and Society: Creating a Fair and Ethical Future
6:00 PM18:00

AI and Society: Creating a Fair and Ethical Future

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to percolate into our everyday lives, we must take a step back to think about the effects of such technologies on our lives.

How does AI embody our value system?

Whose interests are advanced by an AI system?

Do AI systems learn humanly intuitive correlations? If not, can we contest the system?

We aim to explore these pressing normative questions to deep dive into AI + Society. Specifically, we will discuss the questions AI raises regarding bias, ethics, and privacy, and we will explore what a fair, accountable, and transparent AI system looks like.

Join us to hear from academic experts, industry leaders, and many others with experience fusing AI into society.

BUY TICKETS HERE : https://ai_ethics.eventbrite.com/?aff=website

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Blockchain + AI Discussion
6:30 PM18:30

Blockchain + AI Discussion

AI and Blockchain seem to be the new hammer — making everything look like a nail, but are AI and Blockchain really necessary to solve most of the world’s problems?


How will AI and Blockchain impact specific industries and humanity ?

What could AI do for Blockchain? What could Blockchain do for AI?

AI LA's Third Thursday Talk Topic is Blockchain and we plan to get down and dirty discussing viable use cases and debunking all of the hype around two of the most overused buzzwords with some of the top minds working in both fields.

Thank you to our amazing partners Phase TwoSemio.aiLAtoken, and ObEN for helping us keep this event FREE!

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6:30 PM18:30

Partner Event: Designing for Voice : Integrating AI in Content

We have partnered with the Content Strategy SoCal meetup group & ADP for our August event “Designing for Voice : Integrating AI in Content” with influential speakers who are doing just that.

Q&A Session to follow.

Speakers: John Gillilan, Christine Meinders and Alison Fox

***You must register on Eventbrite to RSVP for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/designing-for-voice-integrating-ai-in-content-tickets-48401702796?discount=AILA

Food and drinks will be provided.

RSVP asap as space is limited!

*No refunds. If you can't attend, you can donate your ticket to someone else

About this Meetup

Content Strategy Southern California welcomes content strategists, content managers, content creators, designers and other content-minded members to our meet ups.

We strive to bring together members from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to San Diego to meet regularly, share success stories and best practices, and host workshops.

Join us — let’s start making our digital content better.

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DTLA Happy Hour
6:00 PM18:00

DTLA Happy Hour

Let's get into the summer swing of things. Come out for a casual evening with other community members at Mezcalero on 5th and broadway --walking distance from Pershing Square metro station.

Demos welcome! Bring any projects you are working on and meet other people working or looking to work on interesting projects!

Cash bar.

Let us know if you'd like to help sponsor a round of drinks or tacos.

❤️ AI LA Fam

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The Next Wave in Edtech
6:30 PM18:30

The Next Wave in Edtech

On June 21st we invite you join a conversation centered around the future of education and preparation.

How is AI, machine learning, spatial computing, robotics, and educational software disrupting the role of educators and creating philosophical shifts in teaching and remodeling the classroom?

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X



6:30pm-7:30pm Arrivals / Networking

7:30pm-8:30pm Panel

8:30pm-9:00pm Q & A

9:00pm-9:30pm Networking



Dr. Gigi Ragusa - professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education. She co-chairs and directs USC’s STEM Education Consortium. She serves in the School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education and is also on the University’s Academic Senate (faculty governance) as chair as the University’s Library Committee. She has led the Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Engaged Learning Initiative for three years. Her research interests and areas of expertise include: STEM and in particular engineering education, engineering innovation and global preparedness, college access for first generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds, STEM PK-12 education and teacher education, STEM literacy education, as well as assessment and measurement in STEM.

Nader Hamda - CEO Ozobot. A serial entrepreneur specializing in products that use technology to make children’s lives better, Nader Hamda has presented his vision for a modern curriculum at California Institute of Technology (CalTech), City of STEM Science Festival, and FETC 2018. After watching his daughters grow up in a world of smartphones and scrolling to nowhere, Hamda founded Ozobot, a company on a mission is to inspire young minds to take the leap from consuming technology to creating it. Ozobot’s robots, Evo and Bit, can be coded two ways: online with the OzoBlockly code editor and screen-free with Ozobot’s patented Color Codes. Today, Evo and Bit are inspiring the next generation of coders and creators in over 10,000 schools.

Jason Roberts - Founder Math Academy. TLDR: Our students complete BC AP Calculus in the 8th grade, and cover most of what's typically taught in an undergraduate math degree in our high-school program at Pasadena High School. There are about 70 kids currently participating, with 41 of them in the 6th-grade!

Advait Shinde - CEO GoGuardian.



Heather Brunold - thought leader in education, specializing in adolescent development and family/school dynamics, for more than two decades. After completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Heather became passionate about utilizing her talents as an educator to impact the greater community. Feeling she could positively influence her community’s approach to how we learn, Heather established Words2Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage learners, leaders and educators – through spoken word and tangible action – in a united effort to change the world, one idea at a time. Heather is by her nature a helper, healer and teacher. Her passion for learning and her love of relationship building are the reasons she enjoys serving TEDxPasadenaWomen as the Executive Director/Licensee.

Thank you to our partners CTRL Collective, Innovate Pasadena, Semio.ai, and Janas Associates for providing our community the resources to thrive.

Ticket proceeds benefit LA’s BEST non-profit which provides after school enrichment programs for 192 elementary schools in Los Angeles’s most underserved communities.

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Designing & Building Worlds
6:30 PM18:30

Designing & Building Worlds

We’ve all encountered fictional worlds that seemed so real, so tactile, so lived-in that we felt as though we inhabited that environment. Blade Runner, Minority Report, Lord of the Rings...

Emerging technologies are reaching the point where we can personally move through these fabricated places, experiencing their complicated mythologies, driving our own stories.

From immersive media like AR/VR to artificial intelligence to cloud architectures, tech is bringing new worlds to life and overlapping them with our own world.

But even the best technology needs conceptual maps, contextual ideas, and detailed textures to layer into the human experience.

This is where designing worlds meets building worlds!

Come with an open mind and your questions as we discuss the possibilities now and in the future for building brave new worlds.

6:30-7:30pm Arrivals/Networking

7:30-8:30pm Panel Discussion

8:30-8:45pm Q/A

8:45-9:30pm Networking



Gil Baron - As CEO; Cofounder at Mindshow Gil Baron brings his vast expertise in storytelling and the digital effects process to make storytelling possible in Virtual Reality. Mindshow is creating revolutionary software for creativity and storytelling in VR, and has been at the forefront of thought leadership in the space since the company’s founding in 2014. Mindshow allows users to create 3d animations in customizable virtual worlds at a quality and speed never before seen at scale, using a user’s body and voice to drive performances. Before launching Mindshow, Gil was a creative director, visual effects supervisor and an active DGA guild director who created graphically driven spots for nationally recognized brand names. Gil has built teams and scaled operations successfully -as such, he was part of an executive team that nurtured Method Studios strategic growth from less than 30 to over 600 employees in over 9 locations worldwide. As a CG technical supervisor for feature films, he created the 3d for the signature CG bullet wake effects on the first Matrix bullet time sequences, in addition to many additional feature credits. Gil has served as Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor with many esteemed directors including Dante Ariola, Noam Murro, Rupert Saunders, Tom Kuntz, Traktor, Frederic Bond, Dave Meyers, Tom Carty and as such, has been a part of many Cannes, Clio, and VES award winning teams.

Ishan Shapiro -

Evo Heyning - CEO & Founder, @LightLodges. Evo is currently producing 5 new interactive and mixed reality series for global impact @LightLodges, a new media network model that is decentralized and designed for active participation and collaboration.
Called on as a Magicmaker for New Ventures, Evo is a creative force of nature connecting brilliant visionaries and teams with resources, ideas and opportunities for exponential impact. With 20+ years experience inside major companies, NGOs, media networks, startups and now as a producer Evo brings INTEGRATION, insight and inspiration to new ventures. Current residencies and projects connect VR and Mixed Reality, AI and nanotech R&D with a wide mix of interactive product teams in edtech, personalized product delivery, media, health and impact mapping across fields and sectors.

Nels Long - Nels received his Master’s in Emerging Systems, Technology and Media from SCI-Arc where he currently serves on faculty teaching graduate design studios and electives in the areas of virtual reality and games technologies. Nels is a Founding Partner of the design innovation firm RotoLab and Co-Founder & CEO of Second Studio, an enterprise collaboration platform with advanced 3D design capabilities in virtual reality for the real world. His interest's extend beyond the technical with a focus on neuroscience, meditation, and story telling as the basis for developing worlds (virtual and physical) that support productivity and heighten creativity.


August Bradley - Producer and Host of MIND & MACHINE, a weekly talk show and podcast with people at the forefront of transformational technologies and futurist ideas. August is a consultant with YearZero, where he does strategy, marketing, and biz dev for radically innovative tech ventures. With traditional companies, he helps them initiate disruptive tech advantages in their fields, before they're disrupted by others. He works with Artificial Intelligence/MachineLearning, AR/VR, IoT, Robotics, 3D Printing, Blockchain and Sensor-Tech. Previously August was the COO & CMO of Kite & Lightning, a VC-backed Virtual Reality company creating vast computer generated worlds and interactive experiences in virtual space.

Space is limited, so get your tickets now!

Ticket proceeds benefit LA’s BEST non-profit which provides after school enrichment programs for 192 elementary schools in Los Angeles’s most underserved communities.

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AI & RPA: The Next Wave of Productivity and Efficiency in Healthcare
6:30 PM18:30

AI & RPA: The Next Wave of Productivity and Efficiency in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is not known to be a highly productive and efficient industry compared to other industries like Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Automotive, etc.

Imagine if you created an army of “software employees” that can help you perform tasks 24X7 in an automated fashion with minimal human intervention.

What will the healthcare industry look like then?

How will it change care costs and personalize the patient experience?

The panel will discuss current solutions and the applicability and risks of Robotic Process Automation and AI in administrative, financial, operational and clinical processes of healthcare organizations.


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