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Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity. Entry to the Tactile Dome requires separate admission.
In a world that’s wired, how much data is being collected, and how much of that data is useful? In light of California’s recently enacted, groundbreaking law around data and privacy, pause to consider the implications of both the law and all the data we produce. Big Data has the potential to transform our understanding of ourselves and the world around us—but how valuable, really, is that information? And does its value outweigh the risks of sharing it?
Lose yourself in thought-provoking programs and mind-bending experiences at adults-only After Dark Thursdays—including more than 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science. Grab some friends, stash your stuff in our musical lockers, get a drink at one of our pop-up bars or food at Seaglass Restaurant, and start exploring. You may find that things look different after dark.
From Pseudoevents to Pseudorealities
With Renée Diresta
7:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
How has false information become so pervasive? In her work, Renée Diresta investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks, with support from current technologies. She’ll share how “pseudo events”—those that exist solely for media publicity—are shaped to cultivate divisive pseudorealities. Drawing from historical precedents in media and behavioral science, Diresta will trace the extraordinary proliferation and success of these narratives, and suggest possible avenues for reversing course back toward evidentiary reality.
Full-Spectrum Science: The Last Doubling
With Ron Hipschman
7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Is growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids—it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and the conclusions we can draw from it.
Ocean Drones for a Quantified Planet
With Sebastien de Halleux
8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
How may new technology and big data change the way we quantify and understand the ocean? Equipped with scientific sensors that can connect and upload data to satellites, saildrones are wind-powered robots that collect ocean data at a fraction of the cost of research vessels and can go places too dangerous or remote for humans to routinely venture. Join Saildrone Chief Operating Officer Sebastien de Halleux to find out how this technology is impacting scientific research. From trailing satellite-tagged Arctic seals and gathering data on their feeding behavior to maneuvering remote patches of the Pacific to study the Great White sharks that congregate there, this emerging form of monitoring is poised to offer transformative insights into our oceans.
Data Detox Kit
By Tactile Tech
6:00–10:00 p.m. | Crossroads
What are strategies for removing your toxic data buildup? Tactile Tech’s Data Detox Kit provides everyday steps you can take to control your digital privacy, security, and well-being in ways that feel right to you. Offering clear suggestions and concrete steps drawn from Tactile Tech’s extensive research and expertise in digital privacy, the kit helps people harness all aspects of their online lives to make more informed choices and reflect on their digital habits. Be sure to grab a kit and consider your path to detoxification.
Wikileaks: A Love Story
By Anna Ridler
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Gallery 2
Scraping Wikileaks to find an unlikely story of love in the workplace, this installation uses data from real emails between two people to construct a romantic relationship that goes from being in love to falling apart. This installation takes the form of over 10,000 pages of documents from Wikileaks, which were then scanned by an iPad with an augmented-reality app to reveal the "hidden" story.
*privacy not included
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3
When does a “smart” device become totally creepy? Let a team at Mozilla acquaint you with the murky and often ambiguous privacy and security of internet-connected devices in their *Privacy Not Included buyer’s guide. Is your personal data being used in ways you may not have expected? What are the risks of buying a product that collects your health data? Guided by their Minimum Security Standards, the researchers at Mozilla uncover the answers. Join the team behind *Privacy Not Included to learn more, share your voice by ranking devices on the Creep-O-Meter, and enter a raffle to win some of the least creepy items in the guide.
Osher Gallery 1
$10; not included with museum admission
Buy Tactile Dome Tickets
You can also purchase tickets for these sessions on-site at the Information Desk as well as for later sessions at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m.
Journey through total darkness in this twisting, turning, tactile sculpture. Walk, crawl, climb, and slide your way through a wonderland of textures using only your sense of touch as a guide.
Please Note: Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.
You can reserve tickets for our 6:15 and 7:00 p.m. sessions. We also operate sessions at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m.; tickets can be purchased on-site at the Information Desk.
Learn more about the Tactile Dome.
6:00–9:45 unless noted
Various locations throughout the museum
Ticketing at 6:00 p.m., first come, first served
Osher Gallery 1
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.
Bechtel Gallery 3
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use electromagnets to build a basic speaker. Learn how to listen with your bones, and explore the workings of the inner ear.
Van de Graaff Generator
With the Explainers
Bechtel Gallery 3
Get ready to have your hair stand on end (literally). Experience our electrostatic generator firsthand—with high-voltage direct-current electricity turned down to low current levels, our Van de Graaff generator both will, and won’t, shock you. Please keep your hands on the sphere until our Explainers tell you to let go!
Cow Eye or Flower Dissection (alternating)
Do cows see color? How does a lens work? Examine the intricate structure of a cow eye to learn about similar structures in our own eyes, as well as some key differences.
Stigma, stamen, pistil, anther, style: Uncover the beautiful architecture of flower anatomy, and gather some surprising strategies that plants use to reproduce.
Osher Gallery 1
Everything is not as it seems—at first. Pick a card, any card, and watch the Explainers reveal some surprising aspects of human perception.