Archive for November, 2017

Science Ka Adda: AI – Are We There Yet?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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What is the nature of intelligence, and how can true AI be built?

Are we really on the threshold of achieving true artificial intelligence?

What does AI promise and what dangers might it pose in the near term and the long term?

There has recently been a great deal of commotion about the prospects and dangers of artificial intelligence. Proponents have highlighted rapid advances in various applications while critics – including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates – have warned about impending existential threats. This talk, led by Dr Ali Minai, will try to cut through both the hype and the doomsaying to address these basic questions and the excitement surrounding the “new” methods of deep learning and big data, and relate them to the deeper issues of intelligence.

Join us at T2F on Saturday, 2nd December at 7:00pm for a talk with Dr Ali Minai as part of our on-going Science Ka Adda series.

About Dr Ali Minai:
Dr Ali A. Minai is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and post-doctoral training in neuroscience at the University of Virginia. His research interests include computational neuroscience, neural networks, complex systems and networks, computational models of cognition, social networks, distributed multi-agent systems, and computational linguistics. Dr. Minai was President of the International Neural Network Society for 2015-16. He has been a leader in organizing several other conferences on complex systems, and has edited eight books in the area. He is on the editorial boards of three major research journals, and Series Editor for the Springer/NECSI Book Series on Complex Systems. He has also published two volumes of poetry in Urdu, and writes about artificial intelligence, science, politics, and history at 3 Quarks Daily.

About Science Ka Adda:
Science Ka Adda is a platform for debate and discussion about science and how it impacts our lives. Conducted by specialists from various different backgrounds and disciplines, Science Ka Adda has addressed topics that range from ‘The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence’ to ‘Tools for Disease Eradication’.

Date: Saturday, 2nd December 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Civic Innovation Talk: Transforming Karachi Through Civic Volunteerism

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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Mera Karachi Group was formed to promote the concept of volunteerism, creating community awareness and building a sense of civic responsibility among the citizens. The group boasts over 62,000 citizens of Karachi who have launched activities to raise voice and propose solutions to public stakeholders for water crisis, tree plantation, health, waste management, education, and traffic. Discover the journey of Mera Karachi group with Veqar’s talk.

Register at:

Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Thinking Films: Cinema Paradiso

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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Join us for T2F’s ‘Thinking Films’ series! In this session, this Wednesday, we will be screening critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning, and arguably one of the greatest foreign language films of all time, Cinema Paradiso.

We’ll wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

About the film:
Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso’s projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.

Date: Wednesday, 29th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Drum Circle!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.” — Olatunji

Drum Circle!
Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice of therapy. The physical, emotional, mental, and social healing of the exercise is best experienced than read about. Community, drums, music, movement; need more be said?

Join us for an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Shaikh works as a facilitator for Taskeen – a mental health initiative that conducts emotional wellness sessions. Through tragedy, he discovered the therapeutic power of drumming. His experience, interest, and passion has led him to practice as a public drum circle facilitator. In his effort to nurture his inner child, he has chosen to join Imkaan, to help nurture the children of Machaira Colony. His lived experience lends him to mix work and play at Khel.

Date: Friday, 24th November 2017
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

MangalVangal Bazaar: LitLab Bargain Books & Open Mic

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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LitLab: Bargain Books Bazaar & Open Mic
Join us in our fight to alleviate intellectual poverty

On Tuesday November 21st and Wednesday 22nd November T2F will be hosting LitLab, a two day event for lovers of literature

Bargain Books Bazaar: a fine selection of books, all at discounted prices!
Date & Time: Tuesday 21st November noon-10pm, Wednesday 22nd November noon-6pm

Explore our eclectic selection including contemporary fiction, local graphic novels, philosophical literature, a variety of insightful biographies and much more. If you have used or new books that you’d like to donate, please bring them in. All proceeds are used to fund T2F’s literary programs.

Literary Open Mic: welcoming poets, writers & spoken word artists!
Date & Time: Wednesday 22nd November 7pm-9pm

LitLab will conclude with a literary open mic for poets, writers, and spoken word artists to share original work. We’d love for you to share your own work, including work-in-progress, but if you wish to, you are also welcome to read published pieces by writers you admire. Each person gets 10 minutes at the mic. Sign up from 6pm (spaces are limited, so first come first served). Everyone is welcome to take part.

Your donations are most welcome to help keep this place running. Thank you.

Date: Tuesday, 21st November 2017 & Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Time: noon-10pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations welcome

Science Fuse: Science Adventure Series

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017


Begin your learning adventure with the first in a series of Science Workshops by Science Fuse / spark your neurons at The Second Floor (T2F). Our first workshop will focus on the science of Brain, Senses and Incredible Materials.

Science Fuse create hands-on and engaging informal STEM learning environments where children learn by being scientists, investigators, and thinkers. We nourish children’s sense of wonder and curiosity and shape them into lifelong learners.

Join us on 25th & 26th November (11:00 – 13:00) to learn, experiment, explore and play!

To register please fill out the form below and we will get in touch to finalize your registration. We have limited seats and spots will be confirmed on first come first served basis after the program fee has been deposited at The Second Floor. Please find the link to the form below. Program fee is Rs. 1800 per child.

Our STEM programs:

– Promote an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education by making STEM fun, relatable and hands-on.
– Develop Science Enquiry Skills in children which is essentially learning how to learn.
– Enhance scientific literacy while developing vital cognitive skills and attitudes in children, such as communication and collaborative skills, critical-thinking and a growth mindset.

When and Where:

Age group: 7 – 14 years
Duration: 25th – 26th November
Last day to register: 24th November 2017
Timings: 11:00 – 13:00
Location: The Second Floor (T2F) Karachi
Program fee: Rs. 1,800/-
Location: The Second Floor – 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Karachi, Pakistan

For questions please contact:
Lalah Rukh or Joti Ghani at, or at 0323 6444 711, 0321 5801 422 or 0322 8027 867 or T2F at +(92-21) 3538-9043 and 0322 8027 867

Khumariyaan: Live in Concert

Monday, November 13th, 2017


Back by popular demand to perform live at T2F, join us for a live concert featuring Khumariyaan!

Art for religious fundamentalism is, like water for fire, mere existence, is a form of resistance.
Khumariyaan was born in the age of Talibanisation, sectarian violence, military operations and neo-imperialist expansions, in the region which is a gateway to Central Asia, in the city of Peshawar. A band of musicians whose tunes are based on their native music, with nuances of other native sounds of the world, Khumariyaan’s focus is to elevate music to the medium of peace. Musically, Khumariyaan are also trying to break the tradition of South Asian vocal based musical culture, thus are primarily an instrumental band with little fragments of vocals to complement the overall harmony of their music. 

When: Monday, 20th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 600
*tickets are only available on the day of the event. No reservations – first come, first served!*

Thinking Films: The Wondrous Magic of Walt Disney

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Thinking Films- Disney 1-02Join us for the first edition of T2F’s ‘Thinking Films’ series! In our first session, this Wednesday, take a journey through the evolution of animation as we know and love today. We will be screening short films about Walt Disney’s early animations and remarkable studio works!
Date: Wednesday, 15th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Qavvaali Mahfil Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France.

When: Sunday, 19th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00-10:00PM
Entry: Rs. 400

Avaaz: ‘Kings Without Thrones’ & Baap’ Film Screenings

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Join us for a back-to-back short film screening focusing on minority populations in Pakistan followed by a Q&A session

The Films
Kings Without Thrones: An insight into Pakistan’s marginalized African population 
About the Director:
Alice Peter is a Media Sciences graduate from SZABIST University who completed her thesis on the marginalisation of Pakistan’s Sheedi (Afro-Pakistani) community this year. Currently, she works at SAMAA News as a Videographer and Content Writer.

Baap: Torn between two forces, a man struggles to find himself
About the Director
Jehanzeb Raza is a Film and Television production major from SZABIST university. His field of expertise is art direction and he focuses extensively on the communication between characters and their environment.

The film screening will be followed by a talk with Mr Taimur Suri followed by a Q&A. Taimur Ahmed Suri is presently engaged in the capacity of Head of Department for Media Sciences as Assistant Professor at SZABIST. Previously he was Assistant Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) where he taught for over a decade in the discipline of History of Art. Presently he is engaged in putting together two major projects one being the recompilation of History Curriculum for middle to senior schools of Pakistan and second is a joint compilation of FOMMA and IVS of addressing the gap in the culture industry in Pakistan starting with a focus on Karachi.

Date: Friday, 17th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated