Archive for December, 2017

Science Ka Adda: AI – Are We There Yet?

Friday, December 29th, 2017

25627201_10156059520553619_1548550916307246601_oWhat 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 Tuesday, 2nd January 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: Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Year End Qavvaali with Saami Brothers

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

sami brothers qawalJoin us for 2017’s last Qavvaali with Saami Brothers at T2F on Saturday 30th December, from 8 to 10 PM!

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qavvaali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. Keeping the flame of the Qavvaal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of eastern classical music beautifully into their qavvaali performances.

Saturday, 30th December
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Entry: Rs. 500


Craft Talk Series with Shazaf Haider

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

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Join novelist Shazaf Haider for the first edition of our Craft Talk Series on Saturday the 23rd from 5-6:30. Shazaf Haider will be discussing writing, publishing, and how writing a novel is really nothing like having a baby!

About Shazaf Haider:
Shazaf Fatima Haider is the author of ‘How It Happened.’ She is currently a full-time mother and a part-time writer and dearly wishes she had a nanny to make it the other round. Her second novel, ‘A Firefly In the Dark’ is due to be released by Speaking Tiger in 2018.

About the moderator:
Ruquia Hammad grew up on a steady diet of books. She received her BA honours and MA in Literature at Karachi University, where she has also taught a variety of courses including South Asian Literature. Currently, she is a class teacher at Karachi Grammar School Junior Section.

Date: Saturday 23rd December 2017
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: By donation – pay what you can to keep us running for the community!


The Silk Road by Dr Amjad Hussain

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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Join us on Sunday December 24th for a talk about the ancient network of trade linking countries, cultures and crafts from East to West – the Silk Road. The talk will be led by Dr Amjad Hussain, a member of the Silk Road Expedition 2017 – a journey by a group of 9 Pakistani adventure seekers and history buffs on the historic Silk Road from China to Pakistan.

Date: Sunday 24th December 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!


Drum Circle with Ibadullah Shaikh

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice of therapy. Join us this Friday and experience physical, emotional, mental, and social healing through the power of the drum.

Date: Friday, 22nd December 2017
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours


Film Screening: Cafe Desirs

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

24862337_387425505013432_2961218424151718975_nCafé Désirs is a fascinating look at a generation of dissatisfied single young men living in the ancient city of Constantine in Algeria. Since the early 90s, when a bloody civil war broke out as a result of a struggle between the military and Islamist militants, the concept of haram—the forbidden—has demanded the rigid separation of men and women. And it has trapped Algerian men between strict religious virtue and sexual desire. The film follows three eloquent men who take us into the male-only world of cafés and hookah smoking to talk openly about their lives, frustrations about work and the social dangers of living in a sexually repressed environment. Café Désirs is an engaging exploration of masculine sexuality and gender politics in an Arab country still struggling with its colonial past.

Director:
Raymonde Provencher

Post screening discussion with Malik, activist in Constantine featured in the film.

Date: Thursday 21st December 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!


Thinking Films: The Wondrous Magic of Walt Disney Pt 2

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Join us on Wednesday 20th December for the latest session of T2F’s ‘Thinking Films’ series!

In our first edition of Thinking Films, we took you on a journey through the evolution of animation through a series of short films about Walt Disney’s early and remarkable studio works. In our upcoming session, we will take a deeper dive into Walt Disney’s groundbreaking work in the world of animation we know and love today.

Oh, and there will be popcorn!

Date: Wednesday, 20th December 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Science Ka Adda: Walking With Dinosaurs & Giants of the Lost Valley Film Screening

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Join us on a journey back in time this Sunday, 17th December at T2F for our latest edition of Science Ka Adda!
We will be screening two documentaries, Walking With Dinosaurs and Giants of the Lost Valley, exploring the extraordinary world of prehistoric animals.

There will be popcorn!

Date: Sunday 17th December 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!


Karachi Poetry Slam Qualifier #1

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! Pakistan Poetry Slam is back !! Spoken Stage is proud to announce that it will be hosting the First Karachi Qualifier (for the eventual National Slam taking place early 2018)

Poems must be 3 min, original works. Participants must be 16+

Register for the event!

Send your name and age to:
mariam@spokenstage.com, zoha@spokenstage.com, shameneh@spokenstage.com

There are limited seats so please send your names and age as soon as you can!

Date: Saturday, 16th December 2017
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!


Film Screening: Sundance Award-Winning ‘Unrest’ Karachi Premiere

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Join us at T2F for the Karachi Premiere of Sundance award-winning documentary, ‘Unrest’. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director, Jennifer Brea and activist, Nevra Elis Ahmed working with the global advocacy group #MEAction Network

[[About the film]]
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.

To learn more about the film, go to: www.unrest.film

To learn more about ME, go to:
https://www.ted.com/talks/jen_brea_what_happens_when_you_have_a_disease_doctors_can_t_diagnose


Unrest world-premiered January in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award), the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also has a companion VR piece which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.

Date: Sunday, 10th December 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated