Program for CONTACT 2009

CONTACT 2009 Schedule of Events

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Ames Contact Conference 2009

 Friday, April 3
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome: Jim Funaro
9:15 Ames Welcome
9:30 William J. Clancey
Scientists on Mars: The Challenges and Accomplishments of the Phoenix Lander Mission
10:00 Carol Stoker
The Phoenix Mission: What Really Happened
10:30 Doug Raybeck
The Nature of "Human Intelligence" ... and that of "Others"
11:00 Allan Combs & Ben Goertzel
Naïve Physics and Multiple Intelligences
11:30 Michael Sims
The End of Intelligence
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Barbara Oakley
Too Kind - Dangers of Altruism
2:00 Bruce Damer
From Digital Space: Protecting Life on Earth, Projecting Life into the Universe
2:30 Melanie Swan
Future of Life Sciences
3:00 Joe Lambert
Digital Storytelling - Giving Purpose to Pixels
3:30 Gerald Nordley & Candace Lowe
Robert Heinlein and Us: Fictional Future Histories.
4:00 Kim Stanley Robinson
Climate Change and the Pursuit of Happiness
4:30 The Contact Mission: Past, Present, Future
Jim Funaro, Joel Hagen, Michael Sims, Chris McKay, Seth Shostak, Al Harrison, Don Scott, Bruce Damer, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Bill Clancey.
Joining us remotely: Phil Aaberg and Kathryn Denning
5:30 Artshow & Reception
6:30 Banquet
8:00 Keynote Speaker: Penny Boston
"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?"
10:00 Gathering at Lodge

 Saturday, April 4
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Gus Frederick
Earth as Organism - Humans as ?
9:30 Joel Hagen
From Newton to Mars: Light, Color, Cameras and Telescopes
10:00 Howard Heard
Zen and the Vision of the Blind Film Editor
10:30 Chris Ford
Exploring Your Depths: CG Astronomical Simulation
11:00 Jim Funaro
Globalization as Colonialism Revisited. The Future of Human Diversity
11:30 Doug Vakoch
You Don't Say: Sex and the Voyager Interstellar Recording
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Seth Shostak
Space Colonization: Manifest Destiny or Pipe Dream?
2:00 John W. Traphagan
The History of Anthropology as a Potential Analogy for SETI Research
2:30 Randall Hayes
Aliens Among Us? Tales of Neural Curiosities
3:00 Carlo Sequin
Recognizable Earthly Art ?
3:30 Jim Pass
Astrosociology and Collaboration with the Space Community
4:00 Karen Anderson
"Could China see a new Mandate of Heaven?"
4:30 George Reynault
Tomorrow, The Day After Contact
5:00 Silver Anniversary Party
7:00 Dinner On Your Own - Lodge Later

 Sunday, April 5
8:30 Continental Breakfast
10:00 Jeroen Lapre
Fragile Planet: A Cutting Edge Digital Planetarium Production
10:30 Silver Screen Film Festival
A Medley of Selected Shorts, Moderated by Gus Frederick
12:00 Lunch: Mars Ocean Odyssey
1:00 Al Harrison
Seafaring and Spacefaring: Maritime Prototypes for Living and Working in Space
1:30 Carter Emmart
One Thousand Days at Sea with Reid Stowe
2:30 Closing Remarks: Jim Funaro

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