‘Science on Screen’ Shows ‘Sneakers’ with Commentary by Simon DeDeo

Simon DeDeo. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
The popular Science On Screen series returns to Santa Fe  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 with Simon DeDeo and the 1992 cult hacker film Sneakers.
The event will be held at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
Science On Screen is a collaboration of Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe. During each showing, an SFI scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It’s an idea-rich spin on the movies.
Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Ben Kingsley headline an all-star cast in this hacker version of Ocean’s 11, in which a team of computer security experts are recruited to steal a very powerful little box. Cosmologist and mathematician Simon DeDeo will share his knowledge of hackers, cryptography and systems vulnerability to put this 1992 cult film into perspective.

As a Research Fellow at SFI, DeDeo works on questions of computation in the natural world: how things that evolved – in contrast to things humans built – process information.

Drawing on his training in the mathematical sciences, he takes advantage of SFI’s transdisciplinary environment to investigate the emergence of collective phenomena in biological and social systems. In many cases, these allow groups to solve problems better than any of their individual parts.

At SFI, he combines methods developed to study, on the one hand, “unintelligent” physical phenomena, and on the other hand, engineered systems, to study evolved and adaptive phenomena in the living world. He works in collaboration with researchers in fields ranging from neuroscience to animal behavior to human social systems.

Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505.982.1338.

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