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2017 June 23

That data on 200 million Americans, including home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, was sitting on a publicly accessible server without even password protection is, sadly, a commonplace occurrence these days (Adam Ghetti, Simon Crosby, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016). But unusually, because this data set was related to the 2016 presidential election, it also included “details of voters’ likely preferences for issues like stem cell research and gun control.” Issues of access control and authentication will be discussed by several speakers at our Risk, Security, & Privacy meeting (overview, registration), as well as Arvind Narayanan on deanonymization.
A Chinese CubeSat (Jordi Puig-Suari, Boston, Apr 2017) has just demonstrated quantum entanglement (Rodney Van Meter, Tokyo, Mar 2017 and Dec 2014; Carl Williams, Santa Monica, Dec 2007; Hideo Mabuchi, San Diego, Nov 2002) originating in space and detected for photons 1200 km distant from one another.
AI research developed for deep space exploration is being adapted for terrestrial industries—and, in the case of TTI/V member firm BP, which just invested $20M in Caltech startup Beyond Limits, for subsurface applications (Jay Kipper, St. Louis, Sep 2008). We can’t wait to see what they discover!
Not that we should give up on space exploration. Elon Musk has laid out a detailed plan for establishing a sizable human colony on Mars (Vytas SunSpiral, Atlanta, Feb 2014; Daniel Clancy, Phoenix, Dec 2003). Propellant for reusable spacecraft remains a key challenge. Some of Musk’s considerations agree with those laid out by Erika DeBenedictis (Vienna, Jul 2013); others differ.
Helpfully, Australian researchers have developed a synthetic molybdenum-sulfide material that acts as a semiconductor and catalyzes the production of hydrogen and oxygen from ambient water vapor. By mixing this silica gel-like material into titanium oxide paint, a white wall should be able to sustainably generate a potentially unlimited amount of hydrogen fuel (Joseph Romm, Montreal, Apr 2004).
Congratulations to longtime member, speaker, and provocateur Ike Nassi! TidalScale has been named to Red Herring’s Top 100 North American Winner List.
Terrorist recruitment videos on YouTube might be constitutionally protected free speech, but Google is using its considerable machine learning and human resources (Ed Feigenbaum, San Francisco, Dec 2013) resources to make such content harder to find (Jonathan Taplin, Boston, Apr 2017).
We lost the beauty of album and CD covers when we moved music into the cloud. And we would lose the artful design of our currency, were blockchain-based money to make our wallets obsolete. Never fear. Artist Matthias Dörfelt has depicted, in 64 programmatically generated visualizations, what a Bitcoin bill might look like. Meanwhile, the New York Times is pronouncing Bitcoin dead, long live Ether (Vitalik Buterin, Philadelphia, Jul 2015).
From 800-lb gorillas and alternative facts, to storytelling and critical transitions in biology and business, relive the magic of Hyperconnected, now available to members via our archive.  

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