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Sunday, October 30 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Are We Living in a Simulation?

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Some believe it very likely, but how would we know? What are the moral and philosophical implications?


Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously employed at Hughes Aircraft Co., Gaalema was more recently chief engineer of Hughes Microelectronics Center, Carlsbad, California. At the Jet Propulsion... Read More →


Christopher Katava

Christopher Katava grew up near the northwest edge of Los Angeles. Living near a park with a magical small stream and an abundance of open space provided him a deep appreciation for nature. Christopher’s life path has shown him glimpses of a spiritual unity and respect for all life. He’s developed a special bond with the big cats and spends some of his free time giving educational tours at a wildlife park where he shares the risk of... Read More →

Dr. Ka Chun Yu

Dr. Ka Chun Yu studies the most effective ways to use visualizations of astronomical datasets in both immersive and non-immersive settings, for education, as well as for inspiring and exciting the public. He also works on software tools for efficiently creating scientific visualizations. Dr. Yu received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone—Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest—has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel, Unforgettable, came out in January 2016 from Baen. He has attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Since... Read More →

Laura K. Deal

Laura K. Deal is a writer, speaker, teacher, and dream reader. She’s certified as a dream work facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She's the author of The Newcomer's Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination and Marbles: New and Collected Poems. Her stories have... Read More →

Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous mobile robots. Authors of nearly 50 technical publications and the book Robots, Reasoning and Reification, they have developed cutting-edge theoretical... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor