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When, next year, you read about NASA's history-making Parker Solar Probe, you'll be glad you joined us on our September field trip (info, registration) to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. The probe will collect unprecedented amounts of data about our star's structure, electric and magnetic fields, and solar wind. On our visit, we'll get a virtual tour of the mechanical design of the spacecraft and, unless it is elsewhere for testing, get a look at the Probe itself.
Our July field trip to Nolan Bushnell's startup, Modal VR, has been postponed, due to construction delays at their new studio. We'll keep you posted once it is rescheduled.
Marc Andreessen, ignoring all the 'this time is different' arguments (Andrew McAfee, Jersey City, Oct 2013), declares that robots and AI aren't killing jobs for humans'an interesting position for someone who has invested in MOOCs (Anant Agarwal, at the same meeting).
We always thought Ike Nassi (Washington, D.C., Sep 2014; Paris, Jul 2011; Belgium, Jul 2002) and Advisory Board member David Reed were pretty cool dudes. Now Gartner has named their startup, TidalScale, a 'cool vendor' in its 2017 Cloud Computing Report.
Coca-Cola CTO and TTI/Vanguard member Alan Boehme on brands, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Researchers at the Royale Melbourne Institute of Technology have created nano-holograms (Mary Lou Jepsen, Geneva, Sep 2005) one-thousandth the width of a human hair.
When 'like' = libel (Larry Downes, San Francisco, Feb 2010).
Research on quantum computing is ramping up and is everywhere, from Google to the European Commission to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Rodney Van Meter, San Francisco, Dec 2014, and Tokyo, Mar 2017; Carl Williams, Santa Monica, Dec 2007; Hideo Mabuchi, San Diego, Nov 2002).
For the third time in the past year, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory has detected gravitational waves. Still, apparently none of the experiments has confirmed or refuted Carver Mead's reformulation of the General Theory of Relativity (San Diego, Feb 2015).
Art students construct motel habitats for endangered insects. (Yes, really.) (Paulo de Souza, San Francisco, Dec 2014; Design as Strategy, Los Angeles, Feb 2011; Interaction and Design, San Jose, Feb 2003)
Speaking of interaction and design, Walt Mossberg's final column before a well-deserved retirement is on 'The Disappearing Computer.' (Intuitive interfaces: Aza Raskin, Rome, Jul 2008; voice interface: Nicholas Negroponte, San Jose, Jan 1993; seamless in-the-background interface: Len Kleinrock, McLean, Nov 1997)
"I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself."