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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 20
Registration and hotel deadlines are closing in for Data Big and Small, San Francisco Feb 16–17, 2017 (registration, agenda). As you make your travel plans, remember that the field trip (to SRI International) is before the meeting, not after.
 
If you ask us, the two questions, “Should robots be considered electronic citizens?” and “Should we require that robots have built-in kill switches?”  contradict one another, but that isn’t keeping the European Parliament from considering them both in the same set of hearings. (James Barrat, Boston, Apr 2014; Vernor Vinge, Philadelphia, Jul 1997)
www.bbc.com/news/technology-38583360
 
Speaking of our metallic frenemies, “Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says.” Which is what UK economist Ian Stewart (Brooklyn, Jul 2016) told us last year.
 
Here’s another headline that says it all: DARPA’s Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will “Blow Our Minds.” Which is pretty much what DARPA’s former biotech chief told us in 2015 (Alicia Jackson, San Francisco, Dec 2015).
 
Have statistics lost their power to persuade and aid in setting policy (Daniel Tunkelang, Washington, D.C., Apr/May 2013?
www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy
 
What comes after Uber Food? Uber Freight. (Renee DiResta, Detroit, May 2015)
www.linkedin.com/pulse/uber-freight-its-just-truck-drivers-whose-jobs-risk-john-mcdermott
 
Those of us who grew up with The Jetsons, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Back to the Future are excited to see what new TTI/V member Airbus is doing with flying cars. A prototype will be revealed later this year.
www.techcrunch.com/2017/01/16/airbus-plans-to-test-self-driven-airborne-taxi-by-the-end-of-2017/
 
What’s scarier than nuclear war or terrorism? According to Bill Gates, a global pandemic. Gates and a handful of other donors have raised $500 million to form the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. (Mark Tibbitt, San Francisco, Dec 2016; Barbara Han, Austin, Feb 2016; Erica Ollmann Saphire, San Francisco, Feb 2015; Luis Bettencourt, Washington, D.C., Oct 2011)
www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/health/partnership-epidemic-preparedness.html
 
What happens when you combine the sustainability (All Systems Green, St. Louis, Sep 2008;
and makerspace (Will Brick, Detroit, May 2015) movements? Repair Cafés.
www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/repair-cafe.html 
 
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”—Abraham Lincoln


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