• Microbots, Blimps (Again/Still), and Sponsored Content

    March 18, 2016

    Wall Street analysts have proclaimed Tesla’s progress in the last year “stunning” after touring the Tesla Factory. Want to see what has them excited? Get on the list for the May 5 field trip when you register for the conference on Networks, Sensors, & Mobility in San Francisco. Space is limited, so please register today.

  • Go, Invisibilitiy Cloaks and Micobiome IDs

    March 11, 2016

    Can the Pentagon become more like Google?  It has formed a Defense Innovation Advisory Board with that in mind, and maybe it can succeed, with Eric Schmidt (San Jose, Sep 2000; St. Louis, Apr 1994) agreeing to be its founding chair. He and Secretary Ash Carter, who is highly respected in tech circles, will select up to a dozen people to compose the board.

  • Pi3, Hound and Taking the Scenic Route

    March 04, 2016

    Yes, you left Austin with a coveted Raspberry Pi Zero tucked in your bag. Perhaps you need for a bit more oomph or built-in connectivity? If so, you’re in luck, because Eben Upton has just announced the Raspberry Pi 3, now with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

  • 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).