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Science On Tap – The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants

Wednesday, October 26
Doors: 6pm Show: 7pm

Technology often distracts us from nature, but what if it could reconnect us instead? In The Sounds of Life political ecologist Karen Bakker shares fascinating and surprising stories of nonhuman sound, interweaving insights from technological innovation and traditional knowledge. 

We meet scientists using sound to protect and regenerate endangered species from the Great Barrier Reef to the Arctic and the Amazon. We discover the shocking impacts of noise pollution on both animals and plants. We learn how artificial intelligence can decode nonhuman sounds, and meet the researchers building dictionaries in East African Elephant and Sperm Whalish.

Karen Bakker is a Professor at the University of British Columbia and, in 2022/23, Martina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor and Fellow of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her Smart Earth project explores the relationship between digital innovation and environmental sustainability, including research at the frontier of digital bioacoustics, featured in her new book The Sounds of Life.

$45.00 SUPPORTER: Premium seating, pint glass, and good feelings for supporting the program
$35.00 VIP: Premium seating in the front rows of center section
$15.00 STUDENT
$15.00 ONLINE (tune into the live stream only)


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