• Straight Lines, SCOTUS on Java, Peak ML

    February 01, 2019

    iRobot has finally announced their robotic lawnmower. In development since 2005, the major obstacle turned out not to be obstacles, but the need to mow in nice straight lines. The solution, which involved radio beacons, sent the company into a protracted fight with the FCC and an angry community of radio astronomers. 

  • Internet Sewers, Goodwill ML Fake Fighter, ML Data Entry Bot

    January 25, 2019

    The new tragedy of the commons: Tech companies are overgrazing AI professors, thinning their ranks. Who will educate the next generation of computer scientists, data scientists, and programmers? (Erin Dolan, Austin, Feb 2016; Anant Agarwal, Jersey City, Oct 2013)

  • Shutdown Shuts Gov Sites, Everything is Spying on You, Georgia Chooses Poorly

    January 18, 2019

    Dozens of U.S. government websites are off-line due to the shut down because their expired TLS certificates cannot be renewed. (J. Alex Halderman, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016; Paul Friedrichs, Dallas, Feb 2007; Stephen Crocker, Austin, Feb 2004)

  • Hyundai's Walking Car, Wi-Fi 6, Drone Disruption

    January 11, 2019

    Japanese workers are the most sleep-deprived in the world. We’re not helping matters by holding a breakfast meeting in Tokyo later this month. Paul Dumouchel, of Ritsumeikan University and the Université du Québec à Montréal will talk about how we need to rethink the nature of emotion if we want robots to understand humans and serve as therapists, trainers, mediators, caregivers, and companions. Join us at the Westin Tokyo on January 24, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

  • Slime Molds, Bots Beat CAPTCHAs, Proof of Stake

    January 04, 2019

    Send us your wildest, most audacious predictions for 2019. Let’s explore the things destined to make big change possible. (and speaking of—have you seen our 2019 conference calendar yet? 

  • Kroger Delivery Bot, Facebook Keeps Your Drafts, Oxford Tops for CS, Engineering & Tech

    December 21, 2018

    From hot soup in Tokyo to hotter temperatures in Singapore; from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge; from the city that begs you to suspend your disbelief (Los Angeles) to the one that forces you to do so (Washington, DC), we dove deep in the art of the possible. And we could never have done it without you. Thank you to each member of the TTIV community for a wonderful 2018. 

  • DeepFakes Detection, Sketch Your Notes, Raspberry Pi Embraces Code

    December 14, 2018

    Speaker presentations and audio files from last week’s [next] conference are available in the archive; videos and Nancy’s highlights should be posted next week. 

  • CRISPR Babies, Ion Propusion, Active Inference Theory

    November 30, 2018

    We received word last week that three-time speaker and long-time friend of TTI/Vanguard, Gen. Michael Hayden, was hospitalized after a stroke. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

  • AI Cheaters, AI Anchors and the Knowledge Navigator Lives!

    November 16, 2018

    Yeah, I could love you, better
    Better than you once knew
    But if you're cheating, cheat on, yeah
    'Cause cheating's just the thing you do
    It's just a thing you do — Songwriter John Newman

  • AI Beats Poker Players & Lawyers

    November 09, 2018

    Congrats to Noam Brown (Brooklyn, Jul 2018) and his Libratus co-inventor, Tuomas Sandholm, for winning the Marvin Minsky Medal, “presented by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in recognition of their outstanding achievements in AI.” Libratus, you’ll recall, is an AI program that last year beat 20 expert players in no-limit Texas hold-’em poker.