Books & Writers

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Humans Need not Apply: The Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Tue, Sep 1 2015 - 6:00pm

Jerry Kaplan, Entrepreneur; Technical Innovator; Author; Futurist

Computers with artificial intelligence, or AI, date back to the 1950s, and since then, the technology has advanced to all sorts of new levels. It seems that the average American now depends on AI several times throughout the day. Computers aren’t just computers anymore. They are becoming much more than that, and the advancement of this technology has many people discussing the dangers of “synthetic intellects.” Read more »

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U.C. President Janet Napolitano Interviews Charlotte Jacobs, M.D.

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Wed, Aug 19 2015 - 6:30pm

The Legacy of Jonas Salk

Janet Napolitano, President of University of California; Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Arizona
Charlotte Jacobs, M.D. Professor of Medicine (Emerita), Stanford University; Author, Jonas Salk: A Life

Part of the Club’s Good Lit Series, Underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation Read more »

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Paul Solman: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

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Fri, Aug 14 2015 - 12:00pm

Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, “PBS NewsHour”; Co-Author, Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security; Twitter
Michael Finney, Consumer Reporter, “7 On Your Side”, KGO San Francisco - Moderator Read more »

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Book Discussion: Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Mon, Aug 3 2015 - 5:30pm

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Unity of Sacred Symbols and Words

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Fri, Jul 31 2015 - 12:00pm

Salma Arastu, Artist
Reverend Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Contra Costa County Interfaith Council - Moderator

Salma Arastu will give a visual presentation of her latest works, which are an artistic endeavor to help people understand the threads of commonalities across cultural, national and religious lines. Her beautiful paintings reflect the interconnectedness of belief in our collective cultural memories.

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Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk, Tesla, Space-X and the Future

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Tue, Jul 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Ashlee Vance, Technology Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek; Author, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future; Twitter
In conversation with Katie Fehrenbacher, Writer, Fortune Magazine Read more »

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Gary Hart: The Republic of Conscience

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Tue, Jul 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Gary Hart, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland; Former U.S. Senator; Author, The Republic of Conscience
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University Read more »

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Working Stiff

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Wed, Jul 15 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy Melinek, Forensic Pathologist and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical Center; Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

T.J. Mitchell, Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner Read more »

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San Francisco's Jewel City

Laura Ackley at The Commonwealth Club of California
Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Laura Ackley, Architectural Historian; Author, San Francisco's Jewel City Read more »

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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Mon, Jul 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve Read more »

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