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  • AI for Lead Pipes, ICO not a Bust, France Bans Laptops

    September 07, 2018

    Almost exactly a year ago, Douglas Guilbeault (Washington, D.C., Sep 2017) described for us how social bots can and have been used to introduce propaganda and skew political discourse in social networks. His newest research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy, looks at the paradoxical fact that bipartisan networks can amplify bias on issues like climate change instead of reducing it. He looks into the mechanisms that cause that paradox, and finds some ways to instead reduce bias. Doug will join us as a last-minute addition to the Less Is More agenda.

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  • September: Less Is More

    September 05, 2018

    The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies 

    By Michael V. Hayden
    (Penguin, May 2018)

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  • September: Less Is More

    September 05, 2018

    Click Here to Kill Everybody 

    By Bruce Schneier
    (Norton, September 2018)

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  • Deepfake Dancing, Waymo is Sunday Driver, Internet Archive in the Spotlight

    August 31, 2018

    The pre-conference readings (“Reconnaissance Papers”) for next month’s Less Is More are in the TTI/V archive and available through the conference app. 

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  • Dynamicland Secures Partners, Wi-Fi Bomb Detection, 100-Gb/s Wireless Transmission

    August 24, 2018

    Design & Doing meeting in Los Angeles 2018, will no doubt remember Bret Victor’s mind-expanding session about Dynamicland, a spatial computing research lab prototyping "the world of the future," in which computing is a part of everyday life and blends seamlessly into simple human interactions. Cofounded by Victor and longtime TTI/V Advisory Board member Alan Kay, Dynamicland—the likely venue for the March 2019 meeting’s field trip—has just secured two major corporate partners for their 2019–2024 research program. They're looking for a few more partners to collaborate and share in their research. Contact Luke Iannini at luke@dynamicland.org to inquire.
     

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  • Intel Inside iPhone? Empathy for Dave, Leaky ML

    August 17, 2018

    Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on this week’s successful launch of the Parker Solar Probe, which TTI/Vanguard participants in the Sep 2017 field trip to APL observed both in simulation and actuality. As Jeff Chavis puts it, “Folks can now say they saw the first manmade object sent to the Sun!”

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  • Intel Inside iPhone? Empathy for Dave, Leaky ML

    August 10, 2018

    Member firm Intel will likely be the big winner as Qualcomm confirmed this week that its chips will not be used in upcoming iPhones.

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  • Robot Hearts, Hands and Minds

    August 03, 2018

    Have you registered yet for our upcoming Less is More (Washington, D.C., Sept 12-14) conference? The agenda promises efficiencies for any organization, the return of two all-time favorites, General Michael V. Hayden and Bruce Schneier, and others whose names you have not yet heard but whose presentations you will not forget. Join us for energy, IoT, AI, new materials, computer-aided programming, privacy, cybersecurity and much more.

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  • Amazon Crashes AWS, Amazonbrary, Girl Scout STEM Badges

    July 27, 2018

    The irony of Amazon crashing its own servers with its biggest Prime Day ever can’t go unremarked. Charlie Bell (Santa Monica, Dec 2007) told TTI/Vanguard that AWS was an outgrowth of Amazon’s excess capacity, but, as Michael Stonebraker (Boston, Apr 2017) noted last year, database and server technologies are still not where we need them to be.

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  • Fashion Custom Chip Wars, Parker Solar Probe, Robo Chemists

    July 20, 2018

    We at the TTI/Vanguard newsletter cull our material from current news. It is no secret that this week’s has been dominated not by advances in science and technology, but by politics, on which we choose not to take a public stance. We do, however, firmly believe in the integrity of the intelligence community.

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