• PCs Still Matter!, Negroponte’s Satelites and CRISPR-Cpf1

    October 16, 2015

    Three TTI/Vanguard members, Dell, HP, and Intel are part of a joint marketing campaign to remind us that even in the age of mobility, PCs are still the workhorses of computing devices.

  • Qubits, Telepathy, and 1.8 nanometers!

    October 09, 2015

    The TTI/Vanguard member archive is bursting with new material from “Collaboration and the Workplace of the Future” -- audio files, videos, the presentations themselves, Bob’s Bytes, and Nancy’s marvelous Highlights and Citations are all there now. As well, we’ve posted publicly the video of Ken Stanley’s remarkable closing presentation, “Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective.” If you enjoyed it as much as we did, feel free to share it with colleagues and friends. If you weren’t in D.C. with us last week, it’s one to check out!

  • Million Species, Entangled Photons, and More IoT

    September 28, 2015

    We’re going to have a meeting devoted to cybersecurity in 2016, but did you see the news of the recent RAND report about cyberwar (Eric Haseltine, John Negroponte, Herbert Lin, and Joel Brenner,  Washington, D.C., May 2010)? The New York Times headline says it all: “Report Stresses Importance of Agreement to Avoid Cyber Conflict.” In the end, it all comes down to collaboration — hence our meeting next week in Washington D.C.

  • Quantum Computers, Fuel Cells, and Moving Dot Science

    September 18, 2015

    Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the 8.3 earthquake in Chile this week. Japan’s real-time seismology system (Masumi Yamada, Paris, Jul 2011) might have helped.

  • Ice Cream, Microfish, and Giant Telescopes

    September 11, 2015

    In two-and-a-half weeks the TTI/Vanguard community will be gathering in Washington, D.C., for our conference on Collaboration and the Workplace of the Future. One look at the agenda will make clear why you will want to be there. Since the conference’s theme will extend through the field trip to TTI/V member MITRE Corporation’s McLean facility, be sure to include that additional half-day event in your plans.

  • September: Collaboration and the Workplace of the Future

    September 05, 2015

    Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

    By Robin Chase
    (PublicAffairs, June 2015)

  • Has Apple Oversimplified its Products? The Hackers vs the Unfaithful

    August 21, 2015

    A few months ago, with enthusiasm tinged with skepticism, we devoted an entire newsletter to the Apple Watch. The skepticism isn’t shared by Salesforce (Steve Fisher, San Diego, Feb 2009), which has been promoting its Salesforce Wear “as a tool for developers to create apps for the device that also sync with the Salesforce Cloud” according to Wearable Tech Insider. Compensating for Salesforce’s lack of skepticism is usability guru Don Norman (San Jose, February 2003), who recently wrote a post on his company website entitled “Apple's products are getting harder to use because they ignore principles of design.”

  • A Self-Charging Car and a Car That Fits Into a Bag

    August 14, 2015

    Whether or not you like Google, you have to admire its dedication to innovation, not just in its products and services, but its latest attempt to innovate its own corporate structurea set of changes whose main goal is to preserve the innovative spirit without losing the benefits of its economies of scale. The ranks of past speakers associated with Google include Eric Schmidt (San Jose, Sep 2000), Vint Cerf (1994, 2006, and 2012), Peter Norvig (San Jose, Sep 2000), Craig Silverstein (Miami, Sep 2002), Wesley Chan (San Francisco, Dec 2013), and Marc Levoy (San Francisco, Dec 2014).

  • TTI/Vanguard staff and members help make the world a better place

    August 07, 2015

    TTI/Vanguard staffer Robin Lockett took last week off to volunteer at the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles. As Festival Manager, she worked tirelessly to give participants a magical, well-organized, once-in-a-lifetime experience. With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches from 165 countries, Robin participated in the largest sports and humanitarian event of 2015.  Our hats are off to you, Robin!

  • Say Hello to Pluto!

    July 17, 2015

    Our friends at member organization Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab have a lot to be excited about with the New Horizons spacecraft’s close encounter with Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. It’s the first outer planets mission led by the JHAPL, along with Southwest Research Institute. National Geographic calls the first pictures “complicated and fascinating.”