Weekly Lunches

First Rotary convention outside of United States – January 21st

First Rotary convention outside of United States – January 21st

Date/Time: Tuesday January 21, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Location: The Sentinel 614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor Portland, OR John Waterman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After high school, he went into Intelligence Operations with the Air Force, later becoming a recruiter. Since then, he has spent his years in a multitude of management positions, from memorabilia stores in San Francisco to political campaigns. Waterman collects Rotary History. Six months ago he came across the scrapbook of Estes “Pete” Snedicor of Rotary Club of Portland, and...

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The Development of an Oregon Company – January 21st

The Development of an Oregon Company – January 21st

Date/Time: Tuesday January 21st, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Location: The Sentinel 614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor Portland, OR Vernier Software & Technology was founded 39 years ago by Dave and Christine Vernier. It produces technology hardware, software, and books for science teachers. The company has grown over the years and now employees 115 people at its Beaverton office. This talk will tell the story of how the company evolved from its start by a physics teacher (Dave) and a social worker (Christine), with no business background, no business plan, and no financial...

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Ethics in Artificial Intelligence – February 11th

Ethics in Artificial Intelligence – February 11th

Date/Time: Tuesday February 11, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Location: The Sentinel 614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor Portland, OR AI has spurred anxiety about unemployment, as autonomous systems threaten to replace millions of truck drivers, and make Lyft and Uber obsolete. And beyond these larger social and economic considerations, data scientists have real concerns about bias, about ethical implementations of the technology, and about the nature of interactions between AI systems and humans if these systems are to be deployed properly and fairly in even the most mundane...

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