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The Tech Connects

The Tech Connects is the new program that brings ideas and people together to explore and discuss the different intersections science and technology make with our world.


Silicon Valley Reads Presents: Unintended Consequences: Is Too Much information, Too Fast, Too Much of a Good Thing?

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Free Admission

Nicholas Car, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains
Zack Lynch, author of The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science is Changing our World
Marilyn Walker, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Computer Science and head of the Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab, Baskin School of Engineering, UCSC
Moderated by Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News

More information about Silicon Valley Reads 2014 can be found here.

The Ocean: A Surprising Source of Innovation

Stephen Palumbi in conversation with Angie Coiro
Sunday, May, 18, 2014
2:00 p.m. NVH
$5 members/$10 non-members
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Steve Palumbi, teamed up with his son and writer, Anthony Palumbi to introduce readers to The Extreme Life of the Sea - publishing date March 26, 
2014. The Extreme Life of the Sea reveals the startling ways the ocean has influenced human innovation and technology— humpback-whale fins inspire fan blade shapes, ice fish lend their anti-freeze-like proteins to the ice cream industry, and the cone snail’s toxins create pain killers more potent than morphine. 
Professor Palumbi has published on the genetics and evolution of sea urchins, whales, cone snails, corals, sharks, and spiders.

From Earth to Mars

Pascal Lee in conversation with Angie Coiro
Sunday, June 22, 2014
2:00 p.m. NVH
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The first human mission to Mars will be humanity’s greatest undertaking in space exploration in the 21st century. Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station, to achieve the first human voyage to Mars. 
Dr. Pascal Lee is co-founer and chairman of the Mars Institute, a senior planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and the director of the NASA HuaghtonMars Project at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field.

Let’s talk about Cyber Security 

James Barrese in conversation with Angie Coiro
Sunday, September 21, 2014
2:00 p.m. NVH
$5 members/$10 non-members
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It's been a busy year for PayPal, which has launched more digital payments products since the start of 2013 than in the previous five years combined.  At the helm of many of these innovations is James Barrese, a former eBay (EBAY) executive who now is PayPal's chief technology officer.
James Barrese is currently PayPal’s chief technology officer and senior vice president and formerly vice president at eBay, vice president of engineering at e-commerce philanthropy company Charitableway

About Angie Coiro

Angie Coiro is an award-winning journalist  and interviewer. Her work has aired nationally on "Mother Jones Radio," on Air America, and on public radio. Locally she's known for her hosting work on Live From the Left Coast/The Angie Coiro Show; KQED's Friday Forum; KGO radio; and for many years of news and traffic reporting around the dial. She has a parallel career as a voiceover talent, with a long and varied resume. Angie is represented by JETalent in San Francisco.