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The idea behind our Feb 2014 conference, Embracing Blur, was that technology is muddying traditional boundaries—such as the differences between semiconductor companies and automakers. According to CNBC, “Intel said on Wednesday that it will build a fleet of 100 cars to test self-driving technology, as the chip company tries to leapfrog rivals like Qualcomm and Nvidia.”
TTI/V member MITRE will be hosting a half-day event on September 26 that will look at autonomous vehicles along several dimensions, including their special cybersecurity needs and their future impact on cities. Details will be in your mailbox soon, but mark your calendars now.
Do you keep your old hotel key cards, because you’re worried about all the information stored on them? Turns out, there’s nothing to fear. A team at McAfee that included its CTO, Steve Grobman (Washington, D.C., Sep 2017), found that they “contain at most four pieces of information — which room the key is for, when the key can begin opening the door, when it should stop working, and, sometimes, a guest number.” We’ll be hearing again from McAfee next month at our Risk, Security, and Privacy (agenda) conference, where Vincent Weafer will tell us “What to Do When the Black Hats Discover Machine Learning.” Registration closes August 18.
The Internet has a distributed architecture, but it isn’t so distributed that blocking can’t be done on the national level. Our friends at the Internet Archive (Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, May 2016 and Feb, 2005; Seattle, Sep 2001; regional meeting Jun 2016) report that India has blocked access to its Wayback Machine.
Another friend of TTI/V, Ike Nassi (Washington, D.C., Sep 2014; Paris, Jul 2011) has happier news: publication of a paper in the latest issue of IEEE Computer, “Scaling the Computer to the Problem: Application Programming with Unlimited Memory.”
When you start a project at age 40, you probably don’t think about whether you still want to be working on it at age 80. This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, which is still communicating with Earth, unlike Dennis Wingo’s beloved ISEE-3 spacecraft (San Francisco, Dec 2014).
Does a sea slug’s brain have memories just like we do? (Jim Gemmell, Andres Maricq, Salt Lake City, Dec 2009)
Can embryonic stem cell implants cure diabetes, as Dusko Ilic (London, Jul 2014) predicted they could?
Silent Circle has a new distributor for its Blackphone (Jon Callas, also London, Jul 2014).
We’ve had plenty of signs that The Matrix was as much prediction as imagination, but few have been as strong as this: A team at the University of Washington “have successfully infected a computer with a malicious program coded into a strand of DNA.” Said one researcher, “As these molecular and electronic worlds get closer together, there are potential interactions that we haven’t really had to contemplate before.” TTI/V first looked at this area with a 2003 conference in Madrid, Where Life Meets Technology and then again in 2012 with Hacking Life.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” —John Lubbock