Nerd Nite NYC hosts trivia-only outdoors at Parklife (Littlefield’s outdoor venue) in Gowanus/Park Slope every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Limit of 4-people-per-team to ensure some safety.
Nerd Nite NYC returns to Littlefield on October 8, 2021:
Nerd Nite NYC on Friday October 8, 2021 features three funny-yet-smart presentations about weird weapons various militaries almost built (such as bat bombs…as in bombs filled with bats), an NFT primer, and a game where math and consciousness meet. And trivia is back as always, so bring some pals, form a team, and win some decent prizes. Swell! A new season….IRL!!!!!! Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-nite-tickets-172190174447
**Proof of vaccination is required. No vax = no entry. Read the venue’s protocol info here.
Friday October 8, 2021
Trivia+Presentations: $16 – 7pm start (doors at 6:30pm)
Presentations-only: $12 – 8:15pm start (doors at 8:05pm)
Littlefield: 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Tickets coming soon
Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
Bat bombs, Giant Tricycle Tanks, and Airships: Exploring the Weapons that Could’ve Been–and Might Still Be
by Erik Schechter
Description: The pressures of war can produce some rather wild ideas. Erik Schechter, a defense industry communicator and former military affairs journalist, looks at the weapon systems and military equipment that never got off the ground because they were bonkers, superseded by something better, or lacked our current technology.
Finally, Someone Is Going to Explain NFTs
by John Biggs
Description: The latest fad in the crypto world is the non-fungible token. But what are they? Why are they ridiculous? And who the hell is spending millions on them? We’ll explore all this and more! And we’ll all be the sadder for it!
Bio: John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch.
How Can a Lump of Simple Neurons Produce Consciousness? Let’s Learn From a Math Game Called “Life”
by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Description: In 1970, an eccentric English mathematician named John Conway invented a game he called “Life”. It’s played with white and black squares on a grid. There are just four simple rules, but Life produces kaleidoscopic patterns, flying creatures, self-replicating factories, and calculating machines. Life could even be conscious, if we knew how to draw the right pattern on the grid. Once we grok Life, we sort of understand how neurons follow simple rules to produce consciousness in the brain.
Bio: A. Jesse Jiryu Davis is a Zen student at the Village Zendo, and a computer programmer. After two decades of staring at the wall and staring at a screen, this talk is the best crossover idea he’s come up with.