UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Photo: John Blaustein
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Photo: John Blaustein

New UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will be one of the speakers at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas on October 25-26. Dirks, a historian and anthropologist whose work focuses on India, will be in conversation. The subject: “What are the humanities — chopped liver?”

Among the other speakers recently added to the lineup for what promises to be an enthralling new gathering for those wishing to broaden their horizons are Dan Miller from the Roda Group, who will speak about strategies to tackle climate change, and Joshua Bloom, co-founder of big data startup wise.io and a professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley. Bloom plans to demystify the “uncanny valley” of machine intelligence for festival-goers.

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Joshua Bloom, co-founder of wise.io

What else is happening at Uncharted? Chris Anderson on the new industrial revolution, UC Berkeley’s Ananya Roy on poverty, food pioneer Mollie Katzen on the changes in our eating, Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas on the 2014 midterm elections, Business Insider’s Josh Barro on the future of political parties, io9’s Annalee Newitz on humans and mass extinction… and much, much more, including a lab-style workshop, and a great Friday night party for festival-goers at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Institute.

Uncharted is a festival, not a conference. Festival-goers will be engaged across a variety of domains, grapple with provocative thinking, and have their preconceptions challenged.

Visit the Uncharted website to get your tickets, and for more information, including a list of confirmed speakers. You can follow Uncharted on Twitter or on Facebook to keep in touch with new speakers and program information.

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