# Civilizing the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science, and society. IoT technologies can be used to disrupt, exploit, bias, bully, and intrude as well as to make our lives safer, more efficient, and more convenient. Join Francine Berman, Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in an exploration of the larger social and environmental ecosystem needed to develop an IoT that maximizes benefits, minimizes risk, and promotes individual protections...

# The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical fix and encourage people to avoid the emissions cuts that are fundamental to curbing long-term climate risks.

Lecturer David Keith will describe the simple physics underlying the climate’s response to stratospheric aerosols, the...

# Aging in [a] Place: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

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Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins, Room 112, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

Today, public discussion and policy focuses on “aging in place” as a way to improve quality of life and reduce costs. However, in part because of socioeconomic differences and structural inequalities, not all older adults can live in or move to age-supportive communities, neighborhoods, or homes that match their values and needs. Differences in access to places to age well can take the form of spatial inequalities, such as inadequate market rate housing for older adults on fixed incomes.

'Co-sponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for...

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# Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

In this workshop, participants will work in groups to creatively respond to climate change with discussion and prompting from Susan Israel, architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. Their efforts will result in a collaborative commitment to change, a talisman of sorts, represented in three dimensions.

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# Winter Birding!

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Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Start your new year off on an easy 90-minute walk from the Arboretum's main Arborway Gate to the ponds and back. Our docent and experienced birder, Bob Mayer, will focus on winter birds, as well as admiring the woody plant collection in winter. Beginners, as well as more experienced birders, are welcome on the tour. Bring binoculars if you have them; some binoculars will be available to share. See the Arnold Arboretum's website for ...

# Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Instructor: Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and...

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# The Ethics of Species Conservation

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Speaker:  Ronald Sandler, PhD, Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Director, Ethics Institute, Northeastern University

Rapid...