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EMBRACING BLUR
February 19–20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia


Wednesday, February 19
7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM
Conference Welcome
Len Kleinrock, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
8:45 AM
Conference Overview
9:00 AM
Sonia Arrison, Author
Topic: 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith
Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born, and will grow up into a future in which fresh organs for transplants will be grown in laboratories, cloned stem cells will cure today's death-sentence diseases, and living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception. Our very notions of "young," "middle-aged," and "old" are already in flux. Longer and healthier lives will upend our personal, financial, and spiritual habits and we must speed up progress so that longer lives are not only available to the next generation, but also to those who are adults today.
9:40 AM
Robin Chase, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Buzzcar
Topic: Beyond the Corporation: How a Business Model is Transforming the Economy, Redefining Business, and Reinventing Our Future
Peers Incorporated is a new organizational paradigm that is moving us from capitalism and an industrial economy to a new Collaboration Economy, aka Cooperative Capitalism.
10:15 AM
Break
10:45 AM
James Hendler, Director, Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Topic: We Are the Web: The Rise of the Social Machine
Machine intelligence is blurring the line between creator and created.
11:20 AM
Larry Hunter, Director, Center for Computational Pharmacology and Computational Bioscience Program, University of Colorado, Denver
Topic: A Mind for Life: AI Understanding Genomics
In order for computational systems to do a good job at interpreting genome data, they will have to think and exercise judgment, tasks we have thought of as unique to human cognition.
11:55 AM
Bob Garfield, Host, On the Media, National Public Radio, and Columnist, The Guardian
Topic: The Lessons of Nauru: Why Native Advertising Should Make All of Us Very, Very Nervous
The media industry, once a money machine, is now a money furnace. For a business that once offered 40 percent margins, profitability—online and off—is elusive. Oh, and nobody ever, ever, ever clicks on the ads. Enter, then, "native advertising," the branded content formerly known as advertortial. It has been embraced as some sort of savior. It is not that, Au contraire. It is the anti-Christ.
12:30 PM
Members' Working Lunch
1:45 PM
Joseph Malloch, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Université Paris-Sud
Topic: Instrumented Bodies and Wearable Instruments: Blurring Technology, Body, and Musical Object
A digital musical instrument (DMI) is tool or system for making music in which sound is synthesized digitally using a computer and the human interface is formed using some type of sensor technology. In one such project ("Les Gestes / Gestures") computer scientists and designers worked closely with dancers, musicians, composers, and a choreographer to develop instruments that are visually striking, utilize advanced sensing technologies, and are rugged enough for extensive use in performance. The complex, transparent shapes are lit from within, and include articulated spines, curved visors and ribcages. Unlike most computer music control interfaces, they function both as hand-held, manipulatable controllers and as wearable, movement-tracking extensions to the body.
2:20 PM
TTI/Vanguard Announcements
2:30 PM

Frans B. M. de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior, Emory University
Topic: Prosocial Primates
Blurring the line between humans and other primates—in terms of empathy, cooperation, and a sense of fairness—is at the heart of the work of the Yerkes Primate Center, in Atlanta (the world's largest such center), and also in Africa and Asia. Details (as well as many published studies) can be found at http://www.emory.edu/LIVING_LINKS.

3:05 PM
Break
3:35 PM
Vytas SunSpiral, Senior Robotics Researcher, Intelligent Robotics Group, Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center (employed by SGT Inc.)
Topic: Tensegrity Robots, Neuroscience, Fascia, and Space Exploration
Emerging theories of vertebrate physiology are overturning the traditional bone-centric model of the body in favor of a "tensegrity" ("tension" + "integrity") model, in which the primary load paths are in the continuous tension network of the fascia (connective tissue and muscles). In turn, research and development at NASA Ames into dynamic tensegrity robots shows how these "soft machines" may be controlled through biologically-inspired methods. The unique properties of tensegrity robots may enable new methods of planetary landing and exploration. A tensegrity rover, with an outer edge of intersecting grids of rods and cables instead of wheels, could land on a planet from orbit, bouncing safely onto the ground and acting like its own air-bag, and then actively change shape to roll and safely explore the surface of the planet.
4:10 PM
Johanna Blakley, Managing Director and Director of Research, the University of Southern California's Norman Lear Center
Topic: Social Media & the Blurring of Demographics
Social media has proven to be a tough testing ground for companies hoping to find and monetize customers online, in part because social media has allowed people to break out of the convenient demographic boxes that marketers and advertisers have long used to define them. Companies on the hunt for predictable target demos discover bewildering configurations of networked audiences, whose demographics are blurry at best and ultimately far less relevant than their actual interests, which are more closely associated with purchasing behavior than age, gender, race or class ever have been. Savvy companies will ditch demographic models for data-driven ones that generate real insights into consumer needs and desires, not the misleading vanity metrics that serve short-term business goals. In partnership with the Gates and the Knight Foundations, the Lear Center has launched the Media Impact Project, which brings together an international team to develop open source tools for audience segmentation and the accurate measurement of media engagement and impact. The goal is to combine expertise from fields such as communication, anthropology, and neuroscience with the latest methods in natural language processing and social network analysis in order to define repeatable and transparent methods for data collection and analysis.
4:45 PM
Reflections
Eric Haseltine, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
5:00 PM
End of First Day

Thursday, February 20
7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM
TTI/Vanguard Announcements
8:45 AM
K. Krasnow Waterman, Chief Executive Officer, LawTechIntersect LLC
Topic: Blur: Code and Code: How Technology Is Washing Away Traditional Legal Boundaries
Of the two major categories of law—procedural (the rules of how law is conducted)  and substantive (the rules of what law is)—technologies are already available and evolving in procedural activities, such as automated contract drafting and interpretation, compliance monitoring, discovery, and law enforcement. And bigger changes are to come. What is jurisdiction, the law of the place, as technology blurs what it means to be in a place?  Can an age-old prohibition on contracts without negotiation be changed in practice by the sheer force of so many technology vendors proceeding in this manner?  Is the concept of pure democracy open for reconsideration, as robodialed Town Halls and online citizen-involved budget negotiation grow in use?  
9:25 AM
Tony Salvador, Director, Culture Dynamics Lab, Intel
Topic: Markets Morphing into Ecosystems
People and institutions manage resources by transactions in which each party gives up something in the hope of getting something better. These exchanges, and the markets in which exchanges are conducted, are fundamental components of human society. Hitherto, the goods being exchanged were all physical, and therefore intrinsically scarce. Digital assets are not, so we need new markets to exchange them, and they won't be like the old ones. These new exchange systems can be re-conceptualized as "continuously emerging ecosystems," which can be defined as relations of exchange in continuous flux. It follows that we need new ways to comprehend and measure the dynamics of emerging ecosystems. If we don't design these new markets properly, we will create new forms of extraordinary monopoly-like power that skew society toward a new kind of feudalism.
10:00 AM

Adam Ghetti, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ionic Security
Topic: There Is No Spoon
When the borders between corporations blur, we need new ways to secure what matters most.

10:35 AM
Break
11:05 AM
Guy Wollaert, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical and Innovation Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Topic: Everything Is Possible: Embracing the Blur
In a world where sciences intersect and the physical and digital worlds collide, how does 127 year-old Coca-Cola continue its legacy of disruptive R&D and innovation -- and stay relevant to consumers?
11:40 AM
TTI/Vanguard Announcements
11:45 AM
Debate—John Perry Barlow and Eric Haseltine, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
Topic: When the Guardians Know All, Should We Know What They Know?
In the interests of national security, the government wants citizens to sacrifice some of their privacy. What about the government itself? Generally speaking, you get data by sharing data—so should the government sacrifice some of its own privacy? Is that a practical policy? And would it really result in greater security overall?
12:30 PM
Members' Working Lunch
1:45 PM
John Henry Clippinger, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, ID3, and Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Topic: The Bitcoin Revolt: Self-Governance through Technology
BitCoin, Ripple, digital currencies, and encrypted peer to peer services are all instances of a much wider phenomenon that we might call the ODESS Stack (Open-Distributed-Emergent - Secure-Self-Reflexive). The fervent popularity of ODESS services arises from the fact that they do not require external institutional authorities—i.e., corruptible human third parties—to function. Rather they are "self-reflexive" in that they contain within themselves the necessary mechanisms to host, verify and clear transactions, and to audit themselves and self-correct errors and breaches. ODESS protocols and platforms are really is an outgrowth of a new generation of communications and control technologies. It turns out that the convergence of open platforms, social networking, Big Data, and encryption innovations allows us to address many social and economic problems that simply could not be seen or addressed under the regnant system of authoritative institutions.
2:20 PM
Anouk Wipprecht, Fashiontech Designer, Curator, Lecturer
Topic: Techno-Couture: Adding Sensors to High Fashion
What does fashion lack? Microcontrollers! "Fashiontech" is an emerging field, a rare combination of fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design. , Dutch based designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht creates technological couture, with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence. Projected as 'host' systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them. Part futuristic, part anime-meets-high fashion, these designs can be considered artistic creations in themselves. Many of them have appeared in artistic exhibitions as well as being demonstrated during events and showcases. In Wipprecht's designs, the technology is not contained in hidden functionality; rather, it creates the aesthetics. Often the valves and mechanisms are visible, letting the viewer witness the ways in which the designs create their own unique forms of interaction, movement, and meaning.
2:55 PM
Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing
Topic: A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics: From Internet to Robotics
In 2013, the U.S. National Robotics Roadmap was updated with input from 160 experts from industry and academia, chaired by Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech. The new roadmap looks at the next 5, 10, and 15 years to hazard forecasts of key business drivers, main technology gaps, and emerging technologies for robots in the manufacturing, services, healthcare/medical, security/defense, and space industries.
3:30 PM
Conference Reflections
Bob Lucky, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
4:00 PM
Close of Conference

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