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  • 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. 

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  • 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? 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Apple does TV, Victory for Hackability, Google's Walkoput

    November 02, 2018

    Every city in the world claims a vibrant startup scene, but Berlin really has one, as we’ll see next month in San Francisco. Five startups have been chosen with the help of Berlin Partners, a government-backed incubator. We’ll hear about blockchain privacy, AI, and a digital assistant for cars. Register today!

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  • Secret Tunnels, Data Scientists in Demand, Blockchain Encryption Magic

    October 26, 2018

    Can blockchain-based data be kept private even when being used by an AI application? A Bay Area startup, Oasis Labs, thinks it can. Its CEO Dawn Song will be speaking in December. In addition, parts of Oasis’s system are being built by Ocean Protocol, which will also be joining us at Next 2018 as one of five Berlin startups being featured at the meeting. (Nicole Immorlica, Boston, Apr 2017; Vitalek Buterin, Philadelphia, Jul 2015; Ben Goertzel, Salt Lake City, Dec 2009)

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  • More Breaches, SFO Close Call, New Tech Under Fire

    October 19, 2018

    Dr. Doom vs TTI/Vanguard: Nouriel Roubini, nicknamed Dr. Doom for his jaundiced predictions has been waging war against our speakers. First came dueling Congressional testimonies last week in which he contradicted Peter Van Valkenburgh (San Francisco, Dec 2017) by calling cryptocurrencies not just a bubble but a pyramid scheme. Second, he declared blockchain to be “no better than an Excel spreadsheet.” And finally Roubini challenged Vitalik Buterin (Philadelphia, Jul 2015) to a debate. Crypto-bulls, take heart—while Roubini gives himself credit for calling the great financial recession, his ominous predictions are often more audacious than accurate.

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