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May 2018
Co-organized the Making Contact workshop with Claire Webb for the Breakthrough Listen team at the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center.

Created a SETI Primer, an Interdisciplinary Introduction to SETI History, Media, and Scholarship.

Attended the 49th annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society in Victoria, British Columbia.

My article “Can Artificial Intelligence help find alien intelligence?” was published in The Conversation and Scientific American.

Version 1.0 of my syllabus “Social Science in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligence” is now available for download here.

April 2018
Was interviewed for Gizmodo about AI, deep learning, and galaxy simulations.

Joined a conversation in Diaphanes magazine about xenolinguistics with José Antonio Millán, Rosalba Bonaccorsi (SETI Institute), Sheri Wells-Jensen (Bowling Green State University), and Doug Vakoch (METI International).

My essay on “Space Exploration and Planetary Perspectives” was published in “Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition,” edited by Emily A Schultz, Robert H Lavenda, and Roberta Robin Dods, from Oxford University Press Canada.

My article with Jason Wright “Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI” was published in the International Journal of Astrobiology. (previously published online August 2017). It is also available on the arXiv and on SocArXiv.

Attended the Breakthrough Discuss conference “Alien Life – Diversity in the Universe” at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

March 2018
Attended the Decoding Alien Intelligence workshop at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Read my white paper for the workshop on “Conceptualizing Difference in SETI.”

December 2017
My paper “Speculative Ethnography and First Contact with Possible Futures” was presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. for the panel “‘Realists’ of a Larger Reality: Anthropological intersections with Science Fiction.” (in absentia)

November 2017
Was interviewed for WIRED magazine about Silicon Valley investment in SETI.

September 2017
Joined the “Habitable Wor(l)ds” Blumberg Summit in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., invited and organized by Luis Campos, the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

August 2017
Was invited to speak at Starship Congress 2017 in Monterey, California. I gave a talk on “Interstellar Anthropology and Cultural Infrastructures for a Spacefaring Species” which you can watch here.