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Robot care-workers, volcanoes and German pedestrian crossings are on the bill at the first Nerd Nite London of 2016.

The monthly event, which asks three speakers to share something they are passionate about while the audience drinks along, is taking up its new residency at the Museum of Childhood on Wednesday 20 January. All proceeds will be going to mental health organisation, Mind.

The speakers on the night are:

Our robot friends
We could soon be being cared for by robot care workers. But what does this mean for patients, the care sector and the robots themselves? How will a robot feel compassion or care about dignity? What about companionship? And what will happen to all the human care workers?
Jobeda Ali is the founder and CEO of Three Sisters Care, which provides home care services and is currently building robots to supplement its 100-strong workforce.

The Ampelmännchen: Pedestrian crossing signals used in the German Democratic Republic
Find out how a simple pedestrian crossing character has become a symbol of East German identity, a cult figure and more recently a global brand and what this little hat-wearing man can tell us about the human spirit.
James Ward is the author of Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case and the founder of the Boring Conference, a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked

A handful of really bad days - a history of the human species in four volcanic eruptions
Through the geological and archaeological stories of a handful of carefully chosen eruptions we will learn how volcanoes have played their part in Earth’s history. From palaeolithic hunter-gathers, the French Revolution to Mount St Helens in the 1980s, volcanoes have always been there to remind humans just how insignificant we really are.
Simon Groom is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck University of London where his research is focused on volcanism in the Canary Islands, before that he worked for UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. 


NEED TO KNOW
Nerd Nite, Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Wednesday 20 January, doors open 7pm
Early nerd tickets cost £6 are available here


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