• XPRIZE for AI, Agile Atlas and IoT Standards

    February 26, 2016

    Big Understanding was a big meeting, but maybe you want more? The highlights and citations have been posted to the archive, as have the videos and Bob’s Bytes.

  • The Computer is the Driver

    February 12, 2016

    Congrats to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the many commercial and academic organizations (including the Gravity Group at TTI/V member Georgia Tech) for their work detecting gravitational waves. And thanks to speakers Larry Smarr and Carver Mead for talks that give us a better understanding of the mind-bending astrophysics involved.

  • Prediction Markets, Star Trek & A Zettabyte

    February 05, 2016

    Remember when Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida (who could forget Florida?) were the places that presidential campaigns were won or lost? Well, it appears that the new battleground state is cyberland (David Rothschild, Jersey City, Oct 2013). And campaigns are battling fiercely for every advantage—most of which are achieved by mining your personal online data.

  • February: Big Understanding

    February 05, 2016

    The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

    By Pedro Domingos
    (Basic Books, 2015)

  • Marvin Minsky

    January 29, 2016

    Given what a polymath--mathematician, inventor, author, MIT AI Lab co-founder, virtuoso pianist, mentor and master teacher--he was, it’s fitting that the first of Marvin’s three (1997, 2008, 2014) TTI/Vanguard talks, which he titled “Technologies Looming Ahead,” was a breathtaking sweep of AI in the context of the history of humankind. (Among other things, he asserted that the most important events in human history were fire, writing, and compilers.) The meeting as a whole was devoted to “exploring tomorrow’s high-risk, high-payoff technologies” and it focused on two: AI and nanotechnology. We’re not sure TTI/Vanguard has had a more prescient moment, and Marvin--and his work--was at the heart of it.

  • Hyperloop & A Stockpile of Beer

    January 22, 2016

    If you’re Elon Musk, your New Year’s resolution for 2016 is short and sweet: Build the Hyperloop. Or at least an 8-km test track.

  • Human-Machine Superintelligence, Dumb Robots, Dumb AI

    January 15, 2016

    Can “Human-machine superintelligence solve the world's most dire problems,” as the director of the Human Computation Institute asserts? We’ll tackle the “human-machine” part in July, at our Autonomy meeting, and the “intelligence” part at February’s Big Understanding meeting—registration for which will close shortly (where shortly=today).

  • Algae Energy, HaLow and Moose Antlers

    January 08, 2016

    Happy New Year, and for those in the northeast U.S., a belated welcome to winter. If you hibernated through the last couple of weeks of December, here’s what you missed: the 2016 conference lineup and our final 2015 newsletter, “10 Things We Learned in 2015.” (If you missed any others, they can be found in the newsletter archive.)

  • 10 Things We Learned in 2015

    December 29, 2015

    Top 10 movies, top 10 songs, even top 10 foods of 2015; apparently there’s no way to end a year without a top 10 list. And so, we at TTI/Vanguard have succumbed.

  • [next], drone DMV, and BB-8

    December 18, 2015

    It's a week before the big holiday, and we have visions of resilient nanostructured trusses dancing in our heads, illuminated by white laser light and powered by a combination of fusion, microbatteries, and self-tracking high-power microwave antenna arrays. It's gotta be a cricket-eating, yeast-grown opioid-induced dream—or [next]. If you weren’t there, or you want to relive the experience, be sure to check out the conference highlights and session presentations on the TTI/V app, or go to the archive, where audio and videos are also available.