> Special Nerd Nite – with Speed Dating – at CNET’s Gotham Pop-Up Store

Special Nerd Nite – with Speed Dating – at CNET’s Gotham Pop-Up Store

 I’m excited to announce that in conjunction with LG, on Friday November 11, 2011 at the Openhouse Gallery in NOLITA, we’re hosting a speed dating event for 15 single fellas and 15 single lasses as part of the CNET Gotham experience.  As always, I will host the nite, but this time I’ll have help from Bridget Carey, the host of CNET’s new show, Checked In. (Speed Dating is Sold Out)

And after speed dating we’ll have two regular Nerd Nite presentations open to everyone – for free.  In the spirit of looking for love, we’ll bring you Hot or Not? How to Manipulate People’s Perceptions on Physical Attractiveness by Lillian Park and Hey, Where’s My Robot Girlfriend? The Singularity, Sperm Bots and the future of sexual technology by Laura G. Duncan.

Nerd Nite Speed Dating (15 hetero fellas and 15 hetero lasses)
Friday, November 11, 2011
Check in at 7pm, dating begins at 7:30pm
Regular Nerd Nite Presentations-Only at 8:45pm:  Free!

Openhouse Gallery
201 Mulberry Street, New York, NY

About CNET Gotham
Which gadgets should be on your holiday wish list? Find out at CNET Gotham, a 5-day event at the Openhouse Gallery in Nolita. Chat with CNET editors, attend exclusive parties, and get your hands on today’s hottest tech and consumer electronics. It’s free, and open to the public. Join us!

Back to the Lectures At Hand:
*Presentation #1
Hot or Not? How to be a Perfect 10 or How to Manipulate People’s Perceptions on Physical Attractiveness
by Lillian Park

Description: Beauty may only be “skin deep,” but several advantages are afforded to those who are perceived as being physically attractive. Perceptions of beauty and physical attractiveness are influenced by several factors, including but not limited to environmental, economic, cultural, and ecological. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you don’t have a date, or you already do, but want an upgrade, Lillian Park will be discussing empirically-supported methods of how you can improve other people’s perception of your attractiveness (without having to resort to plastic surgery!).

Bio: Lillian Park is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. She tries to teach undergraduates that research methods and statistics are more fun than Freudian psychoanalysis.

*Presentation #2
Hey, Where’s My Robot Girlfriend? The Singularity, Sperm Bots and the future of sexual technology
by Laura G. Duncan

Description: The robotic bride. The orgasm ray. The sex machine. These classic tropes of science fiction – how fictitious are they really? Hybrids of sex and technology are flourishing in contemporary culture, from basement workshops where power tools are lovingly repurposed into bedroom aids to media empires with genres devoted solely to robot-human couplings. Technology and sexuality have long been intimately connected, each inspiring innovation in the other and nowhere is this more striking than in the fields of teledildonics (computer-interfaced sex toys) and sexual robotics.

So just how close are we to having a real life Data, the beloved android from Star Trek as fawning partner to our eminently human Tasha Yar? Will we be able to disable our foes with weaponized orgasms? Can you learn to love a robot? Can a robot learn to love you? Using examples from science fiction, the medical sciences and actual sex/tech projects, this talk will explore the past, present and future of sexual technology and its implications for the changing nature of sexuality, technology and the body.

Bio: Laura is a sexual health researcher and student currently studying social inequity in sexual healthcare and the influence of medicine on social understandings of sexuality and the body. She has taught sexual health education in a variety of academic, non-profit and community venues and currently serves as a full-spectrum doula. She is, disappointingly, not a robot.

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