• Super-Capacitors, High-Speed Computing, and the Genomics of the Coronavirus

    May 17, 2020

    In 2017, an interstellar object visited our solar system. Now an MIT researcher wants TTIV member firm NASA to create a “dynamic orbital slingshot for rendezvous with interstellar objects” i.e., to send tiny satellites equipped with solar sails out to look for them before they arrive (Erika DeBenedictis, Vienna, Jul 2013). Once spotted, the sail would power up, the satellite would chase the interstellar object, and hopefully tag it with a CubeSat (Jordi Puig-Suari, Boston, Apr 2017).

    On the other hand, outer space recently reminded us it isn’t a friendly companion by hurtling a 20-ton piece of debris at us, passing over Los Angeles and New York City before missing Africa and safely slamming into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Genetics, Immunology, and Covid-19: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Green

    May 12, 2020

    A conversation with Dr. Robert Green of the Harvard Medical School, about the roles genetics and genomics play in understanding the Coronavirus and in treating Covid-19.


  • Supply Chains, Germ Warfare, and Robotic Hands

    May 08, 2020

    Videos, presentation slides and a textual summary from our Tuesday webinar, “Logistics and Supply Chains: Four Timely Start-ups,” will be in the archive shortly.

    Speaking of (virtual) events, calling all TTI/Vanguard members: Being in our own personal spaces is no excuse not to venture afield on a virtual TTI/Vanguard field trip at 1 pm EDT, Tuesday, May 26. This outing will be to the Long Now Foundation's home, The Interval, where Alexander Rose will share the organization's perspective on time, persistence, and responsibility, and provide both a video tour of the full-scale Clock of the Long Now, which is under construction in a mountain in western Texas, and an actual tour of an eight-foot prototype (Stewart Brand, Pasadena, Feb 2002). Register here:

    To be sure, a number of supply chains are not exactly intact right now, notably the one that takes food from farms to our tables via grocery stores. Kroger is doing its part to redress that by buying hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk from dairy farmers and giving it to a national network of food banks

  • Coronavirus and Data Science: A Conversation with Anthony Goldbloom

    May 01, 2020

    A conversation with Anthony Goldbloom, founder of Kaggle, the premier site for data science when it comes to Coronavirus and Covid-19.

  • TTI/Vanguard: Save the Dates for Virtual Events, “Ubiquitous AI” & much more!

    May 01, 2020

    As you may have seen in our newsletter, we’re moving our June conference from Brooklyn to virtual. While we will miss seeing you in person this June, we’re looking forward to presenting many of the same speakers—and some new ones as well. The theme of Ubiquitous AI will be well represented—from emotive robots to the dark web and from ethical algorithms to contactless last-mile deliveries. In addition, we’ll look at how AI is creating a new hub economy unlike any we’ve ever seen, and how smart devices are slicing our attention into ever-slimmer slivers of productivity.

    In addition, we have a bunch of new programming—webinars and podcasts—to keep you abreast of inspiring and disruptive ideas and technologies. Each of these efforts may be accessed in real-time (lots of save-the-dates below) and in recorded form, available in our online archive.

    Here’s what we have done so far and what we have scheduled. Please save these dates and keep an eye out for more sessions as we announce them. We look forward to seeing you virtually!

  • Start Up Webinar Details, One Space for the Win, iPhone Mask Detection

    May 01, 2020

    Logistics and Supply Chains: Four Timely Start-ups
    Tuesday, May 5, 1pm–3:15pm EST
    For our second webinar, we are teaming up with Editorial Advisory Board member Laurie Yoler, venture capital firm Playground Global and TTI/V’s sister membership, Family Office Forum, to take a further look at logistics and remote collaboration, with talks and demos from four coronavirus-relevant start-ups:

    • Fabric (micro-fulfillment centers close to city centers, making one-hour deliveries)
    • RapidSOS (sends data from any connected device to 911 and first responders)
    • Avail MedSystems (allows doctors to collaborate remotely on surgeries)
    • Leaf Logistics (AI delivery planning to keep trucks full in both directions)


  • Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: A Conversation with Stephen Wicker

    April 28, 2020

    A conversation with network and privacy researcher Stephen Wicker about a new form of contact tracing, American-style, in the age of the Coronavirus and beyond.

  • Coronavirus and the Economy: A Conversation with Martin Reeves

    April 23, 2020

    A conversation with Martin Reeves of the Boston Consulting Group about the future of work, business, and society in the age of the Coronavirus and beyond it. 

  • The Future of Work After the Age of Coronavirus: A Conversation with Vishal Sikka

    April 21, 2020

    In this episode, Vishal Sikka considers the future of IT, programming, and tech work more generally, during the next 12–18 months, while the coronavirus is still with us, as well as what changes will stay with us long after it’s gone.

  • Passwords, Uber Odors, and Reinventing Physics

    April 17, 2020

    In an interview last week in the Financial Times, Bill Gates (Seattle, Sep 1995) offered the grim thought that there is “a meaningful probability every 20 years or so with lots of world travel that one of these [viruses] will come along.” When, back in 2015, we devoted an entire meeting to Biotech, with the implicit message that biotech and biomedical tech would be important for the future, we didn’t have in mind, “... and it better be, or else millions will die in periodic pandemics.” We did, though, have an Ebola talk (Erica Ollmann Saphire, San Diego, Feb 2015)—and another one a year later (Barbara Han, Austin, Feb 2016). Both talks, and the entire Biotech and Beyond conference, can be found in the TTI/V archives.

    It feels like a lifetime ago, but TTIV gathered in Seattle just last month for our conference, Transformed by Digital. The speaker presentations, speaker videos and conference Highlights have already been posted and now members can also access the Reinforcements for each session in our archive.