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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.

2017 January 6

We hope that each of you are ready to approach 2017 with curiosity and wonder. If using data more meaningfully is on your resolution list, please register for TTI/Vanguard’s upcoming Data Big and Small Conference being held in San Francisco on Feb 16–17, 2017.
 
And speaking of data, check out Mark Bregman’s latest interview. As the CTO of TTI/V member firm NetApp, Bregman knows a thing or two about leading businesses into the future. Here he discusses data as the currency of the digital economy.
www.business-standard.com/article/companies/in-many-industries-data-is-becoming-the-business-chief-technology-officer-netapp-116121700867_1.html
 
James Ellenbogen (Miami, Dec 2011) told TTI/Vanguard about self-aligning 30-nm-diameter silicon–germanium nanowires, but now along comes a nanowire with a semiconducting core of copper–sulfur that is just three atoms thick, self-assembled by diamondoids.
www.phys.org/news/2016-12-world-smallest-diamonds-wires-atoms.html
 
Remember Dror Sharon (San Francisco, Dec 2014) and the SCiO handheld near-IR spectrometer that could assay the sugar concentration of fruits and distinguish between name brand and off-label medications? This technology has now been miniaturized further and incorporated into a smartphone.
www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/1/5/14180740/changhong-h2-scio-molecular-sensor-hands-on-ces-2017
 
Even with the President Elect attempting to downplay cybersecurity concerns by state actors, as well as the reasoned assessments of the U.S. intelligence community (Michael Hayden, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016 and May 2010; Joel Brenner, Washington, D.C., May 2010; Michael Wertheimer, Washington, D.C., Oct 2011; Dan Wolf, Philadelphia, Jul 2015), lower level governmental entities are feeling the heat (Francesca Spidalieri, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016). The latest example is the pre-new-year’s discovery of Russia-linked malware within the computer system of a Vermont utility. The electric grid wasn’t taken down—this time (John Woodward, Austin, Feb 2001; Nicholas Carr, Boston, Sep 2007).
www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/vermont-utility-finds-malware-code-attributed-to-russians/2016/12/30/108b12b0-cf0d-11e6-85cd-e66532e35a44_story.html
 
Employees who are passionate about the firm’s product(s) often contribute most creatively to the success of the organization (Patty McCord, Washington, D.C., Sep 2015), as expressed in this Harvard Business Review excerpt of Eddie Yoon’s new book Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth.
www.hbr.org/2016/12/the-benefits-of-hiring-your-best-customers
 
Still, sometimes workers need a break. As we addressed in our conference on Collaboration and the Workplace of the Future (Washington, D.C., Sep 2015), the tools of modern life have made it easy—too easy—for people to be expected to always be available for work-related matters. France has embraced the opposite ethos by encoding in law the right to disconnect. www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/31/507704720/french-law-giving-workers-the-right-to-disconnect-goes-into-effect
 
Isn’t it adorable when peek-a-boo-playing toddlers think that, if they cover their own eyes, their playmates can’t see them? New research indicates that this cognitive error (Doug Lenat, Jersey City, Oct 2013) of observing others better than others observe you is common even among adults, where it ceases to be cute or useful. Perhaps people would benefit from a healthy bit of paranoia.
www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/201612/there-may-be-more-eyes-you-you-think
 
Happy new year from TTI/Vanguard, where we always welcome your attention and scrutiny. 

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