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Picks: Is the Internet Alive?

[IDEAS] Thursday, Dec. 6

Aside from that whole SkyNet thing, that is. In this University Forum lecture, Michael J. Savoie — director of the Center for Information, Technology and Management at the University of Texas, Dallas — will, among other thought-provoking things, present a basic definition of life, and ask if the Internet meets it. Does it? Could it? After all, isn’t DNA just information? So leave your John Connor worries at home and come prepared to entertain some really different ideas. 7:30 p.m., Barrick Museum at UNLV, unlv.edu, free