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  • TTI/Vanguard: Member news! Newsletter Sept 18, 2020

    September 18, 2020

    We remain in the midst of our fall conference: The Game Has Changed: 2020. Join us for the upcoming installments on the remaining Tuesdays of September, with talks related to health, healthcare, and medicine dominating the coming-week’s agenda. If you have yet to do so, register here. The Highlights summary, video, and some presentations from this past Tuesday’s edition will be available in the TTI/Vanguard archive today.

    Member firm Hyundai has graciously invited members of the TTI/Vanguard community, as well as their colleagues, to virtually attend its upcoming fifth annual Mobility Innovators Forum. Leaders from the industry will come together to discuss economics, public–private partnerships, ethics and human values, sustainability, and innovations on automotive and the future of mobility. Please register at the MIF 2020 website and share with your network to support Hyundai’s Mobility Innovators Forum 2020.

    More great member news ... Hearty congratulations to longtime member Takayuki Inagawa and NTT Docomo Ventures for earning a spot on Global Corporate Venturing’s 2020 Powerlist. A few other community members have been honored – take a look:
    https://eml.iiconferences.com/e/81142/gcv-powerlist-2020-contents/5nx6sl/615975067?h=-0qC2h78OjDd3kmJH_Cz4xXwq6p5Aey6iFer_5x9oKE

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  • TTI/Vanguard: Is Covid-19 Over? Sept 4, 2020 Newsletter

    September 04, 2020

    If you joined us for the first Tuesday of our September virtual conference, then you know that The Game Has Changed: 2020 already represents the contrasting thinking of 2020 itself. When one speaker declared, “COVID is over”, the chat erupted with a chorus of disagreement. TTI/V prides itself on being anything but an echo chamber, and our speakers and members vigorously proved that point. If you missed the first three talks, the videos, PPTs, and Highlights are posted in our archive. If anyone needs help accessing their User ID or password, Claudia is ready to help.

    Remember that we’ll skip this coming Tuesday (Happy Labor Day to our U.S. community members) and will resume on Tuesday, September 15th. Please join us

    Some of the most robust discussions on Tuesday came occurred after the sessions. A spirited discussion around - what else - the future of covid-19 included plenty of opinions and plenty of facts. Some of the links mentioned included the below. (Thanks to Dan Gould for sharing!)
    Paul Romer: Roadmap to Responsibly Repen America
    Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience
    Covid-19 Risk Among Airline Passengers: Should the Middle Seat Remain Empty?

    Mathematician Ott-Heinrich Keller famously posed a problem about edge sharing when covering spaces with identical tiles. For 90 years, the answer has challenged researchers tackling spaces of various dimensionalities. Recently, 40 computers—along with a creative combination of human and machine intelligence—yielded the answer for the lone dimensionality for which the problem remained unresolved. Unfortunately—at least for human understanding—the proof for seven dimensions lacks clear explainability. (David Gunning, Brooklyn, Jun 2018; Eric Mueller, Austin, Feb 2016)
    www.quantamagazine.org/computer-search-settles-90-year-old-math-problem-20200819/ 

     

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  • TTI/Vanguard: Read to the end for the good jokes! Aug 28, 2020 Newsletter

    August 28, 2020

    There is still time to register for our September virtual conference, The Game Has Changed: 2020. Kickoff is Tuesday!

    Good news on the medical front #1: A dozen Israeli labs will be rolling out a combinatorially clever form of pool testing for SARS-CoV-2. Each person’s sample is divided among several pools, such that positivity analysis across the set of pools pinpoints the virus-laden individual(s) within the full batch. The three researchers behind this methodology have formed the company Poold Diagnostics and intend to bring the approach to U.S. labs. (Dominic Suicu, Seattle, Mar 2020)
    www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/health/fast-coronavirus-testing-israel.html

    Good news on the medical front #2: The FDA has approved Abbott to manufacture its inexpensive ($5), fast (15-minute) COVID-19 test. It intends to produce a hefty number of tests (50M) monthly by October and release them with an app to be used as a “digital health pass” by those with negative results. We have some reservations, though: accuracy (false positives and negatives hover in the 2–3% range—according to Abbott), distribution (although the form factor is akin to a pregnancy test, they are to be administered professionally and therefore require infrastructure), and longevity of results’ utility (a negative test today doesn’t mean you won’t contract the virus tomorrow, meaning the health pass should be deemed ephemeral).
    www.theverge.com/2020/8/26/21403432/fda-authorizes-binaxnow-covid-19-test-abbott-cheap-fast

    Questionable news on the medical front: In the meantime, the CDC altered its guidance on testing this week, specifying that “healthy people” need not be tested following close, extended exposure to others who test positive for COVID-19—this, despite broad consensus among immunologists and epidemiologists that up to half of all transmission stems from asymptomatic/presymptomatic individuals. (Dominic Suicu, Seattle, Mar 2020; Anthony Goldbloom, podcast, Spring 2020)
    www.cnbc.com/2020/08/26/cdc-quietly-revises-coronavirus-guidance-to-downplay-importance-of-testing-for-asymptomatic-people.html

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  • TTI/Vanguard: It is time for some good news! Aug 20, 2020 Newsletter

    August 20, 2020

    There is still time to register for our September virtual conference, The Game Has Changed: 2020, and, looking ahead, our October virtual field trip to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where longtime TTIV-er David Bader will be our host.

    Good news on the medical front #1: During this week’s virtual field trip to Stanley Black & Decker (the video and PowerPoint slides will be available to members shortly in the TTI/Vanguard archive) we heard a lot about protective face masks. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a quick-and-accessible DIY method to decontaminate 3M N95 masks. All you need is a rice cooker or multicooker: Just “cook” the mask at 212F for 50 minutes, without pressure, and it’s ready for reuse, with no compromise to its filtration efficacy. It is recommended, however, to dedicate a cooker for this purpose, rather than cooking dinner in it directly afterward.
    www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/mask-n95-multicooker-covid/2020/08/14/94544304-dd8d-11ea-809e-b8be57ba616e_story.html

    Good news on the medical front #2: A longitudinal study has led to the development of a noninvasive blood test that detects cancer markers years before other diagnostics indicate the presence of the disease. The so-called PanSeer test can detect stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung, and liver cancers. (Melissa Lechner, San Diego, Feb 2015)
    https://eml.iiconferences.com/e/81142/s-releases-release-sfe-id-3086/5ncls7/610335870?h=vlwYZrP9xGKvV_l1s1fNHXUlbFyAqSxiVTnmm9kX0yA

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  • TTI/Vanguard: Webinar tomorrow and much more!

    August 18, 2020

    We’ll be looking at energy, security, healthcare, communication, and other ways that The Game Has Changed—please register for the September meeting if you have not yet. Don't forget to also register for the virtual field trip to Stanley Black & Decker, Wednesday, Aug 19, 1:00–3:30 pm EDT, where we get an inside view at—yes—tools, but also the firm's business incubation, venture, internal innovation, and cybersecurity activities. Mark Maybury (Washington, D.C., Sep/Oct 2014) will be our host.

    Speaking of changes - our Santa Monica office has closed after 25 years in California. Claudia, Joy, Lisa and Robin will continue to work from home. We’ll miss seeing each other every day - but we sure won’t miss the LA traffic.

    And speaking of cities, we are busy evaluating venues for next year. And we’ve been considering a few options: one option is to host 2 conferences in Washington, DC and 2 conferences in the Bay Area, CA. Those are the two places where the majority of our clients reside and we’d like to remove as many barriers to attendance as possible. Another option is to travel to warm states where we have the likelihood of more outdoor events. And, of course, we’ll always have the livestream and video archive for any members who cannot or does not wish to travel. Have an opinion? Take our survey.

     

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  • TTI/Vanguard: We Need You; Remember to Renew! Aug 7, 2020 Newsletter

    August 07, 2020

    Note from Lisa Yao: The members of this community are our raison d'etre. The collective wisdom in the room (even if it’s the Zoom room these days!) is treasured and irreplaceable. And we intend to keep this community together—virtual, physical, any way that we can. It is doable; we’ve weathered storms before. But this particular storm is going to require a whole new level of commitment, creativity, and sheer chutzpah from all our stakeholders. We can do it, but we have to do it together. Our organization will only endure with our beloved members.

    Speaking of our organization, have you registered for our September meeting yet?

    Enterra Solutions’ Stephen DeAngelis (Washington, D.C., Sep 2015; Regional Meetings, e.g., Chicago, Oct 2014) has summarized the challenges and potential advances laid out by McKinsey Global Institute when implementing an AI strategy. His advice: “Cognitive technologies can have a powerful impact on the success of a business. Often, however, taking a ‘crawl, walk, run’ approach is the best way to approach digital transformation.” 
    www.linkedin.com/pulse/digital-transformation-often-begins-small-slow-stephen-deangelis/

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  • TTI/Vanguard 2021 Proposed Conference Topics

    August 06, 2020

    TTI/Vanguard 2021 Proposed Conference Topics

    We are eager to hear what you and your colleagues think of them. Thanks!

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  • TTI/Vanguard: field trip, conference, flying - oh my! July 31, 2020 Newsletter

    July 31, 2020

    To continue our series of virtual field trips (Long Now Foundation, this past May; Stanley Black & Decker, in August), TTI/Vanguard is excited to announce a virtual visit to the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Tuesday, October 27, to be hosted by friend of TTI/V David Bader (previously of Georgia Tech). At NJIT, he is the founding director of the Institute for Data Science, which serves as an umbrella for this public research university’s centers on big data, medical informatics, cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The tour of will naturally focus on data and computer science, featuring work conducted on massive-scale analytics, social aspects of data science (disinformation and cyberpsychology), advances in homomorphic encryption, and human-in-the-loop optimization, while also stepping afield to explore traumatic brain injuries and biosensors to detect weaponization of the novel coronavirus. Learn more about this event and register here.

    There is a saying amidst epidemiologists, “If you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen … one pandemic”. Unless you are our upcoming September speaker, Adam Kucharski who has made a career of discovering disparate patterns amidst all things contagious—from disease to information to even our own behavior. Adam will speak at our September digital meeting and our members will receive his best-selling book, “The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—and Why They Stop.”
    www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/25/the-rules-of-contagion-by-adam-kucharski-review-outbreaks-of-all-kindsTo continue our series of virtual field trips (Long Now Foundation, this past May; Stanley Black & Decker, in August), TTI/Vanguard is excited to announce a virtual visit to the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Tuesday, October 27, to be hosted by friend of TTI/V David Bader (previously of Georgia Tech). At NJIT, he is the founding director of the Institute for Data Science, which serves as an umbrella for this public research university’s centers on big data, medical informatics, cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The tour of will naturally focus on data and computer science, featuring work conducted on massive-scale analytics, social aspects of data science (disinformation and cyberpsychology), advances in homomorphic encryption, and human-in-the-loop optimization, while also stepping afield to explore traumatic brain injuries and biosensors to detect weaponization of the novel coronavirus. Learn more about this event and register here.

    There is a saying amidst epidemiologists, “If you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen … one pandemic”. Unless you are our upcoming September speaker, Adam Kucharski who has made a career of discovering disparate patterns amidst all things contagious—from disease to information to even our own behavior. Adam will speak at our September digital meeting and our members will receive his best-selling book, “The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—and Why They Stop.”
    www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/25/the-rules-of-contagion-by-adam-kucharski-review-outbreaks-of-all-kinds

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  • TTI/Vanguard: News on [next]; July 24, 2020 Newsletter

    July 24, 2020

    Like many others, we did not expect covid-19 to impact our plans for December 2020. Yet here we are. Our December [next] conference scheduled to be held physically in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be held virtually. We will resume physical meetings as soon as it is safe to do so. We are currently in the process of signing hotel contracts for four physical meetings in 2021.

    In the meantime, we are excited about an upcoming virtual field trip to Stanley Black & Decker on Wednesday, August 19, 1:00–3:30 pm, EDT. CTO and friend of TTI/V Mark Maybury will be our host as we learn that the global toolmaker is active in business incubation (with its Techstars advanced manufacturing accelerator), venture funding (with Stanley Ventures), internal innovation (with Stanley X and factory automation), and cybersecurity (both internally and for its commercial products). During this virtual outing, we will learn about each of these programs and be introduced to a selection of sector-spanning startups, variously making plant-based machine oils, nanocrystalline alloys, a fall protection system, and customized 3-D-printed face masks and enhancements.

    Registration for the virtual field trip - along with our virtual September conference - is open on the TTI/Vanguard website.

    “I am not a crook!” Oops—sorry, wrong speech. MIT released an eerily believable deepfake video of President Nixon delivering a speech that, thank goodness, never occurred. The 7-minute video depicts a grieving Nixon addressing the nation with news that the moon landing had failed and announcing the tragic deaths of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. (Chris Piehota, virtual conference, Jun 2020; Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Washington, D.C., Sep 2015)
    www.cnet.com/news/mit-releases-deepfake-video-of-nixon-announcing-nasa-apollo-11-disaster/

    If misinformation concerns you as much as it concerns us, do not miss upcoming September speaker Adam Kucharski, author of the best-selling book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—and Why They Stop. He will discuss the mathematical similarities between the spread of viruses, misinformation and more. (Paul Cohen, San Francisco, Dec 2014)

     

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  • TTI/Vanguard: Balloons, Robots, More!

    July 17, 2020

    We originally called the September conference Game-Changers and planned to focus exclusively on CRISPR, energy and other, well, game-changers. But we’ve changed the name to “The Game Has Changed,” because it has. We all need to think very urgently about the present. We’ll still address nascent technology, but we’ll examine it through the prism of 2020. The dates are September 1, 15, 22, 29; all at 1 pm EST/5 pm GMT, with a virtual field trip to Stanley Black & Decker, hosted by friend-of-TTI/V Mark Maybury, on August 19. Stay tuned for a preliminary agenda next week.

    Let’s start with the good news. Google Loon, which we first heard about from Mike Cassidy (San Francisco, Dec 2016), is now bringing connectivity to Kenya. Now let’s see those floating spheres do the same to remote-learning students in developed countries who lack connectivity.
    www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/world/africa/google-loon-balloon-kenya.html

    And good news for non-U.S. students attending American institutions of higher ed: The Harvard–MIT lawsuit led ICE to rescind the Administration’s order, such that students will be able to enter or remain in the United States, even if their school uses only online instruction.
    www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/14/891125619/ice-agrees-to-rescind-policy-barring-foreign-students-from-online-study-in-the-u

     

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