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    Future of Intelligence 101: The Ivy League takes Chicago Ideas

    Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from three leading minds to gain a deeper understanding of our universe in a small-group setting.

    Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 AM @ Adler Planetarium
    This event is over! Please check the 2021 schedule.
    Marcelo Gleiser
    Professor, Dartmouth College
    Patricia Churchland
    Professor, University of California–San Diego
    Jill Tarter
    Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute
    LAB - Labs bring together small groups for an exclusive, first-hand look into what happens behind the scenes at some of the most innovative companies, community leaders and institutions around Chicago.

    Enter the hallowed halls of the Ivy League without leaving Chicago, as Chicago Ideas—in collaboration with the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth—offers up an engrossing two-hour course with some of the leading minds looking at the future of intelligence. This intimate workshop will expand on topics from the previous evening's conversation, "The Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial," so consider that your prerequisite. 

    This workshop offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from three of the leading minds working to gain a deeper understanding of our universe. Patricia Churchland, professor emerita at University of California, San Diego, and Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair at the SETI Institute, will open with a riveting presentation, followed by Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser leading the class in smaller breakout groups, inviting discussion and debate from those in attendance. The program will serve as a condensed version of an interdisciplinary Ivy League class, so come ready to take notes.

    *This event will take place in the Johnson Auditorium of the Adler Planetarium.

    This event will take place in the Johnson Auditorium of the Adler Planetarium.

    Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 AM
    Adler Planetarium
    1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
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    Your impact checklist

    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Get tickets to The Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial
    • Attend our screening of Contact with WBEZ's Nerdette Podcast and Jill Tarter
    • Subscribe to WBEZ's Nerdette podcast and newsletter.

    • Attend the third annual Chicago Science Festival put on by the Illnois Science Council on May 18.

    • Download Scientific American's 60-Second Science podcast

    • Support ChickTech, an organization with chapters spread across the United States, that offers events that encourage women to enter the STEM fields. Giving support and empowerment to those hoping to turn their interest in technology into a career, ChickTech works to make this space as inclusive as it always should have been. 

    • Volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Ideas Week. Part of our Community of Curiosity, they help with everything from scanning tickets to staffing an activity station. To help out, visit

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