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Bradley Voytek
Works at Uber, Inc.
Attended University of Southern California
Lives in San Diego, CA
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Hey look! It's that guy I am! http://bit.ly/1inGFm4
Award-winning neuroscientist Bradley Voytek, who also is an expert on the mythical world of zombies, has been recruited by the university's elite Department of Cognitive Science.
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A decade of reverse-engineering the brain
Salesmanship trumps science. Every. Single. Time. The big news in the tech world today is the superstar team-up of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ashton Kutcher investing $40M in Vicarious , whose aim is to, "[t]ranslate the neocortex into computer code". ...
Salesmanship trumps science. Every. Single. Time. The big news in the tech world today is the superstar team-up of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ashton Kutcher investing $40M in Vicarious, whose aim is to, "[t]ranslate the ...
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"​I was confused why a taxi app, or any iPhone app, for that matter, needed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. But it had a great data blog that I enjoyed, so I applied for an internship."

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Recently I was interviewed for a piece in the Independent titled, "The number crunch: Will Big Data transform your life - or make it a misery?" Part of this interview (my portion of which amusingly got truncated to "STUFF IS ...
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Come! Witness me bloviate!
 
Nerd Nite East Bay is back from our short hibernation for our first show of 2014! We'll announce a new field trip opportunity at this show, which features three great talks. First, Nerd Nite San Francisco alum Bradley Voytek will guide you through how scientists properly (and, sometimes, improperly) leverage and present some of the vast amounts of data available. Then Chabot's Benjamin Burress will point us to where we might expect to find life off this planet. Finally, KQED's Lisa Aliferis will tell you what you need to know about Obamacare.

DJ Ion the Prize spins the tunes.

Rick and Rebecca will try to make sure you can register in advance...unlike. um. you know.

Monday 1/27
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
The New Parkway, 474 24th St, Oakland
(less than half-a-mile from the 19th St BART)
$8
All Ages

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DATA SCIENCE!?: I’M (STATISTICALLY) A DEAD, CHRISTIAN CHINESE DUDE by Bradley Voytek

90% of all digital data didn’t exist two years ago. Researchers are leveraging “big data” to uncover new insights into human behavior, intelligence, and culture. But what does this data deluge really tell us, and how can it lead us astray?

Bradley Voytek is a Nerd Nite alum, thrice-named Time Person of the year (1960, 2006 and 2011, split prize), professor of computational cognitive science and neuroscience at UC San Diego, director of the Cognitive and Neural Dynamics Lab, Data Evangelist for Uber, and world's zombie brain expert.

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EARTH TO UNIVERSE: IS ANYONE ALIVE OUT THERE? by Benjamin Burress

Prior to only a couple of decades ago, the solar system outside of the Earth seemed quite a barren frontier, and the idea of extra-solar planets was only a twinkle in the eye of those who expected they were out there. Today, not only have we found wet and wild hydrological features in several places in the solar system, we have found and confirmed the presence of planets orbiting other stars--lots of them. And most recently, by virtue of NASA's late great Kepler mission, we've not only begun to zero in on the Holy Grail of exoplanets--Earth-sized worlds at Earth-like distances from their stars, places we might hope to find signs of life--we've found that Holy Grails of this type may well be very common in the galaxy.

Benjamin Burress has been a staff astronomer at Chabot Space & Science Center since July 1999. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in physics (and minor in astronomy), after which he signed on for a two-year stint in the Peace Corps, where he taught physics and mathematics in the African nation of Cameroon. From 1989-96 he served on the crew of NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. From 1996-99, he was Head Observer at the Naval Prototype Optical Interferometer program at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.

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OBAMACARE EXPLAINED: A GUIDE FOR CALIFORNIANS by Lisa Aliferis

Look folks, you're risking financial catastrophe if you don't have health insurance. It's the law for most people to have insurance or pay a fine. Sure, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it provides access for to insurance for many people currently denied. Come find out the highlights of what you need to know.

Lisa Aliferis is the Editor of, a health blog at KQED. She focuses on health policy, public health and health disparities. Aliferis has twenty years’ experience producing health reports for television as well as health-related videos for nonprofit clients. Earlier, she worked in the health unit at Dateline NBC. And she has health insurance!
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Great article on the impostor syndrome in +Fast Company and... what the hell? I'm quoted in this?!
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The Passion Trap
The first email I ever sent was to Stephen Hawking. I sent the email in the spring of 1998 when I was 16 years old from a computer at my high school (because I didn't have internet at home) using a friend's AOL account. I had just finished reading Hawking's...
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The Our Universe book was fantastic!  I loved that book.
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Neuroscience, culture, and the public trust
Every year, the Society for Neuroscience holds a " Social Issues Roundtable " at their  annual conference . Social issues in neuroscience are near and dear to me, and so this year I took a stab at submitting a proposal. What better place to talk about these...
Every year, the Society for Neuroscience holds a "Social Issues Roundtable" at their annual conference. Social issues in neuroscience are near and dear to me, and so this year I took a stab at submitting a proposal. What bett...
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Big data: What's it good for?
Recently I was interviewed for a piece in the Independent  titled, "The number crunch: Will Big Data transform your life - or make it a misery?" Part of this interview (my portion of which amusingly got truncated to "STUFF IS COOL") was around what "Big Dat...
Recently I was interviewed for a piece in the Independent titled, "The number crunch: Will Big Data transform your life - or make it a misery?" Part of this interview (my portion of which amusingly got truncated to "STUFF IS ...
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Brain Log? Collaborative academic neuroscience blog
Earlier today on Twitter I mentioned that I feel that academic neuroscience could use a collaborative, professional blog such as Language Log . This seemed to resonate with several people, but 140 characters isn't enough to explain why  I feel this way. Fir...
Earlier today on Twitter I mentioned that I feel that academic neuroscience could use a collaborative, professional blog such as Language Log. This seemed to resonate with several people, but 140 characters isn't enough to ex...
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+Christopher Honey Thanks, Chris! Not sure. But yes, details are very important. Given the large positive feedback, I think--after the new year--I'm going to try and organize this.
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Neuroscience and Data Science
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  • Uber, Inc.
    Data Evangelist, 2011 - present
  • University of California, San Diego
    Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science, 2014 - present
  • University of California, San Francicsco
    Neuroscience post-doc, 2011 - 2014
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Neuroscience PhD student, 2004 - 2010
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Research Associate, 2002 - 2004
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San Diego, CA
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Berkeley, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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UCSD Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience. Uber Data Evangelist.
Introduction
Neuroscientist combining large scale data-mining, machine-learning techniques, and brain computer interfacing with hypothesis-driven experimental research to understand the relationships between the human frontal lobes, cognition, and disease. Into really geeky stuff. World zombie neuroscience expert. Also run brainSCANr.com with my wife, Jessica.
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Shared the honor of being twice named Time's Person of the Year in 2006 and 2010.
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  • University of Southern California
    Psychology, 1998 - 2002
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Neuroscience, 2004 - 2010
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