• 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.

  • A Dozen Cyborg Roses, 4 Hour Workweek & 5G

    December 04, 2015

    The Moore Foundation recently gave Stanford $13.5 million toward building an “accelerator on a chip.” Is this one of the technologies that Stanford professor Subhasish Mitra will refer to on Tuesday in his talk, “Computing Performance: The N3XT 1000X”? You’ll just have to tune in and see! Here’s the URL for the live webcast of [next], December 8-9: We’re working on a mechanism for remote questions, but in the meantime you can email them to Steven ( or Bryan (

  • Face with Tears of Joy, Desalination and Tianhe-2

    November 20, 2015

    Do you find yourself needing yet another self-portrait for profiles on LinkedIn, AngelList, Twitter, etc.?  We've got your back (so to speak). At [next], attendees will have the opportunity to have an individual photo taken by our on-site photographer. Speaking of [next], have you scanned the agenda lately? Now is the time to send extra delegates or clear schedules for your colleagues who wish to follow along on our live stream back in the office.

  • Toyota Goes Big AI, VR Vets Parades, Jet Packs

    November 13, 2015

    Back in September, TTI/V member organization Toyota hired Gill Pratt to head a new AI/Robotics initiative that began with a $50 million R&D collaboration with MIT and Stanford. Asked if that wasn’t a rather modest sum, Pratt said of his new employer, “Once they make the decision to do it, they go whole hog. They just decide, ‘okay this is what we’re going to do, and we’re in this to win’.” This week, we saw what the whole hog looks like: a $1 billion investment in a new company devoted to AI, called Toyota Research Institute Inc.

  • Astronaut Auditions, Stellarators, and 17 Years of Pico-Cells

    November 06, 2015

    Congratulations to Advisory Board Member Eric Haseltine, TTI/V member Mark Maybury of MITRE, and former speakers Vint Cerf and James Hendler for their recent appointment to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.

  • Tuesdays, TJ’s Hidden Lost Chem Lab & Customize your Pi!

    October 30, 2015

    Can we just say how much we love the Berkman Center? It’s been the source of many great talks, for example, “E-Commerce Borders in Cyberspace: Legal and Policy Issues,” (Charles Nesson, Boston, May 1999), “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Future,” (Ethan Zuckerman, Miami, July 2005), and “Everything is Miscellaneous: Trees and Tags,” (David Weinberger, San Francisco, Feb 2005). It’s still doing great work, this time with a new tool for monitoring web traffic and tracking outages around the world.}

  • A 3D-printed eco-bikini that “cleans the ocean as you swim”, enough said.

    October 23, 2015

    On Wednesday, at 4:29 pm, Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown jumped 30 years forward and arrived in our present-day. To mark the occasion, the New York Times took a look at how well “Back to the Future, Part II" depicted our world. It missed smartphones, but otherwise did pretty well, especially in showing ubiquitous, but imperfect, voice-commanded devices. We’ve been following speech recognition and speech synthesis for almost as long, with the first archived talk 22 years old now (Michael O'Malley, San Jose, Jan 1993).