• Edward Snowed-In Special Report

    January 26, 2015

    Welcome to the 1st-Ever TTI/Vanguard Special Weather-Inspired Newsletter, or as we're calling it internally, the Edward Snowed-In Special Report.

  • Cyber, SpaceX, and Roman scrolls

    January 23, 2015

    Many of us have returned from a fantastic cyber road-trip with Eric Haseltine. (The road trip was real; the topic was cyber!) If you were not with us in Boston or Washington, DC this week, stay tuned as Nancy Kleinrock prepares her recap of both cybersecurity events this week.  We’ll let you know when this will be available in our archive (along with 22 years’ worth of briefings on every topic and speaker that TTI/Vanguard has ever welcomed.  As a reminder, if you or a colleague would like help navigating the archive, please contact Claudia Miklas at

  • Dinner parties vs "The Surprising Benefits of Solitude"

    January 16, 2015

    To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June. - Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Interstellar, CES, and the Web-at-25

    January 09, 2015

    While we are happy to finally be allowed to watch The Interview, it doesn’t mean that we want to. However, Interstellar has a 2 thumbs up review from the TTI/V movie critic. Steve Jurvetson and Ed Lu (both San Francisco, 2013) attended a special preview of Interstellar to benefit the Sentinel Mission:

  • Holiday Gift Ideas, Dr. Dobbs and AI Threats

    December 19, 2014

    We are happy to wrap up 2014 and eager for 2015!  And speaking of 2015, we’re pleased to be able to tell you that Dr. Carver Mead—inventor of the integrated circuit and GaAS MESFET, biotech entrepreneur, winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize, and holder of the National Medal of Technology—will join us at “Biotech and Beyond,” February 24-25, 2015 to speak on "The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation.”  He’ll introduce what he says is a “simpler, more intuitive” understanding of the Theory of General Relativity--a unified theory of gravitation and electromagnetism "in which the two interactions are of exactly the same form, but of the opposite sign."

  • WebEx, Roomba and Blackphone

    December 12, 2014

    The privacy-first smartphone, Blackphone (Jon Callas, London, Jul 2014), is being enhanced with, on the one hand, the ability to erect a wall between personal and professional uses with Graphite Software's Spaces and, on the other hand, the launching of its own app store that promises to include only apps that meet the phone company's strong no-snooping standards.

  • December: [next]

    December 05, 2014

    How Google Works: The Rules for Success in the Internet Century 

    By Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg, with Alan Eagle

  • CO2, GPS and Takata

    November 21, 2014

    In an article entitled "Google Can Now Describe Your Cat Photos,” our own David Bader of Georgia Tech is quoted (albeit without quotation marks) in the Wall Street Journal’s Digits column this week. The new technology could lead to big improvements in the accuracy of Google’s image-search results, which today often rely on  text found near a photo on a web page. One day it might help people search vast libraries of untagged photos or videos stored on smartphones, says David Bader, a professor of computer science at Georgia Tech. A startup called Viblio is using similar research out of Simon Fraser University to automatically categorize videos.

  • Gordon Bell Prize, Github and ISEE3

    November 14, 2014

    Advisory Board Member Gordon Bell (of the eponymous Gordon Bell Prize) has his finalists on pins & needles; the prize will be awarded next week!  See the short list here:

  • Internet Archive, IPCC and Eva Longoria

    November 07, 2014

    We simply love Brewster Kahle's (Seattle, Sep 2001, and San Francisco, Feb 2005) Internet Archive. In addition to being a treasure trove of books, music, movies, television news (2009-present), historic and open-source software, and, oh, making it possible to dial up any website as it looked on any particular day with the Wayback Machine, with the Internet Arcade, the Archive now makes it possible to play 900 old-school arcade games in your browser. . Moreover, the Archive's facility in San Francisco is hosting Aaron Swartz Day (Rome, Jul 2008) on Saturday, Nov 8, on what would have been Swartz's 28th birthday; the theme is "Setting the Record Straight."