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Please see our weekly newsletter collection below. Our own staff and members contribute bits and bytes of interesting news and articles. They say that futurists make funny historians but we do our best to bridge that divide by illustrating our past themes and speakers as they develop and evolve. We hope that you enjoy reading these communications as much as we enjoy creating them for you. And if you have any news to share, please contact any member of our staff.

2014 November 07

We can’t believe it is November already!  [next] will be upon us before we know it.  Please visit our updated agenda:

Here are few news items about past speakers:

We simply love Brewster Kahle's (Seattle, Sep 2001, and San Francisco, Feb 2005) Internet Archive. In addition to being a treasure trove of books, music, movies, television news (2009-present), historic and open-source software, and, oh, making it possible to dial up any website as it looked on any particular day with the Wayback Machine, with the Internet Arcade, the Archive now makes it possible to play 900 old-school arcade games in your browser. . Moreover, the Archive's facility in San Francisco is hosting Aaron Swartz Day (Rome, Jul 2008) on Saturday, Nov 8, on what would have been Swartz's 28th birthday; the theme is "Setting the Record Straight."

Gary Marcus (Boston, April 2014) delighted actress Eva Longoria with a copy of his book, The Future of the Brain. (If you’re not a fan of the TV show Desperate Housewives, never mind.)

David Rothschild (Jersey City, October 2013) batted better than most on his Election 2014 predictions:

Nick Bilton (Toronto, April 2008) thinks artificial intelligence is scarier than Ebola

Curious to know more about the big Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that came out this week? Us too! So we invited Michael Mastrandrea, who co-wrote the chapter on "Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change," to [next]2014. If you haven't signed up yet, please do so—hotel space is getting tight.

Lastly, we’ve gotten some great speakers already lined up for the biotech meeting (February, San Diego), but the executive assistant to one speaker who declined made what might be the best typo ever in so doing: "Unfortunately, he sends his sincerest regrets but he will be unavailable due to deviously made commitments during that time.”

Deviously yours, 

The TTI/Vanguard Team

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