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Sound Design and Society

June 4, 2023. Tainan, Taiwan
Every object in motion makes a sound. In film, sound designers decide what to add what to leave unheard. In everyday life, we experience layers of sound almost continually. What can we learn if we apply the tools of the sound designer to a social movement?

Artificial Intelligence: A Window into Human Nature

July 2, 2023. Tainan, Taiwan
In a very short time, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a significant factor in our everyday lives. Is AI fundamentally different from past technologies? Are we outsourcing our humanity? Will AI take our jobs? Will it take our lives? This may be one of the most important topics of this century. Join our discussion with Sean Lee, PhD physics.

The Windowless Building

March 9, 2023. Hanoi, Vietnam
Linh Tran discusses his story, The Windowless Building. When the elevator reaches the top floor, only two people are left to face the reality of what lies beyond the final door to the soul.

The Evolution of Art and Ideas

Jan. 1, 2023. Tainan, Taiwan
Unleashed from convention, art now reflects individual thoughts. The results are both awe-inspiring and confusing. We will discuss the evolution of art and ideas using examples from music, painting.

Open Discussion

Dec. 4, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Bring in a topic you would like to discuss. Start with a brief overview or description of the idea. Then ask a few provocative questions to begin the conversation. 

Ideas of Beauty

Date: TBD
Are sensual pleasures, 快感, and aesthetic beauty, 美感, the same? Is beauty objective or just a matter of taste? Does beauty require judgment? What are the differences between the aesthetics of East and West?

Free Will and Determinism

Nov. 20, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Does the past predict the future? Does free will alter the physical world? These ideas, discussed and debated for thousands of years, remain relevant, especially in the area of jurisprudence and artificial intelligence.
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