• Jean Jacket Interface, Robots Feel Our Pain, Big Data Ethics

    May 27, 2016

    Remember Christian Rudder’s talk about the OKCupid dataset (Philadelphia, Jul 2015) and the lessons about ourselves that he drew from it? You’ll recall that he took pains to depersonalize and anonymize the data. Not so for “a group of Danish researchers [who] publicly releaseda dataset of nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid, including usernames, age, gender, location, what kind of relationship (or sex) they’re interested in, personality traits, and answers to thousands of profiling questions used by the site,” as described and critiqued in an article in Wired about the dubious ethics of this kind of data science.

  • Kay & Sikka Launch the Human Advancement Research Community, A Button for Your Things, and Pedestrian Flypaper

    May 20, 2016

    Y Combinator Research is drawing on the wisdom, vision, and guidance of TTI/V Advisory Board Member Alan Kay (Los Angeles, Feb 2011; New York City and Washington, D.C., May 2014) and longtime member Vishal Sikka (Washington, D.C., Sep/Oct 2014; San Diego, Feb 2009; Santa Monica, Dec 2007) in launching its latest project, the Human Advancement Research Community. Success in inventing the future depends on much more than money: It also depends on the people involved and intellectual environment in which they work.

  • Parsey McParseface, Origami Gut Robots, Swarm Intelligence Wins Derby Trifecta

    May 13, 2016

    The newsletter is happy to be back after a hiatus for the Networks, Sensors, and Mobility meeting. Speaking of which, the archive is now stocked with the conference presentations, video and audio files, Bob Lucky’s full-version Bytes, and Nancy Kleinrock’s Highlights and Citations documents. (Forgotten your password? Please reach out to Claudia Miklas, Nancy’s full conference Reinforcements write-up will be available by the end of June.

  • May: Networks, Sensors & Mobility

    May 05, 2016

    Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

    By Michael V. Hayden
    (Penguin, 2016)

  • Len Kleinrock Stands the Test of Time, 300 TB of CERN Data Fun, and MS DNA Storage

    April 29, 2016

    Happy almost-May! Our next meeting, Networks, Sensor, & Mobility, is just around the corner. The complete agenda is now available, as are the pre-conference readings.

  • Hertz Power! (Lawyer), Google Books Seach is Legal, AI+People=Heaven

    April 22, 2016

    TTIV Advisory Board Michael Hawley has announced the presenters for the annual EG conference, and—wow—take a look for yourself!

  • Bacteria Rules!, VR Surgery, and the Breakthrough Starshot Project

    April 15, 2016

    Want to be humbled? Not only are the cells of your body outnumbered by bacterial cells in and on your body (Jessica Richman, Austin, Feb 2016; Jonathan Eisen, San Jose, Feb 2012), but eukaryotes like us make up just a small offshoot on the tree of life (David Hillis, Madrid, Jul 2003), which is dominated by bacterial species.

  • Coke in the Cloud, 22 Cores, and an Interrobang‽

    April 08, 2016

    The secret formula for member firm Coca-Cola’s signature product will never live in the cloud. But almost all the rest of the company’s business will—and more than half of it already does (Guy Wollaert, Atlanta, Feb 2014).  Read how our member Alan Boehme spearheaded the strategic initiative:

  • 473 Genes, Holoportation, and Big Ben

    April 01, 2016

    The clock on London's iconic Big Ben is set to become digital clock with the hands replaced with LED numerals and the famous "bongs" at the top of the hour replicated with a state-of-the-art synthesizer. That was our favorite April Fools Day joke back when the BBC ran it in 1980, and was still beloved when International Business Times reprised it in 2014. A classic never goes out of style.

  • Tay the offensive Tweetbot

    March 25, 2016

    Boston Dynamics wanted to continue its drive toward excellence in the robotics domain; Google/Alphabet wanted it to head down a path of revenue generation. The two will part ways once a buyer has been found. In any event, founder Marc Raibert will be a featured speaker at our Autonomy meeting in New York City in July.