Do you feel adrift in the sea of new technologies? Join us for talks on artificial intelligence and blockchain in Emerging Technology 101, The Seattle Public Library's new program series at the Central Library. You'll learn what these new technologies are, why they're important, and how they're applied in real life.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $7 after 5 p.m.


Artificial Intelligence - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1. Learn about this technology from Nirav S. Desai, co-founder of Moonbeam, a startup focused on rapid prototyping of solutions that address barriers to spatial computing and artificial intelligence technology adoption. He also mentors startups through TechStars Seattle, the TechStars/Amazon Alexa startup accelerators, and the University of Washington’s CoMotion Labs.

Blockchain - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1. Remember Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency using a new technology called "blockchain."  Learn about this technology from Alex Ortiz, a software professional with a fascination for the computer sciences. He served as the chief blockchain specialist for the open-source blockchain identity project lifeID, where he spearheaded partnership development efforts, educated IT decision-makers on blockchain infrastructure for identity, and represented his team at standards bodies like the W3C.

This program series is made possible by support from UW CoMotion Labs and Moonbeam, and in partnership with the city's Community Technology Advisory Board.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer presentations and workshops that are accessible to all.