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  • Mobile Drivers' License, Plastic Water, ISIS'0 Social Media Strategy

    March 16, 2018

    Is U.S. federal R&D spending up 2%, as the administration claims, or did the fiscal year 2018 budget request “dramatically reduced funding for scientific exploration,” as a AAAS fact-check argues? (Tom Kalil, San Francisco, Dec 2017; Charles Vest, Washington, D.C., May 2009)

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  • Fault Tolerant Robot Swarms, Thermal Resonators, Victory for the Oxford Comma

    March 02, 2018

    As our Atoms Matter (Vienna, Jul 2013) meeting noted, cyberspace is inextricably attached to physical space. Apple has built a data center in China to comply with a new Chinese law that requires cloud services offered to Chinese citizens come from Chinese data centers. What could go wrong, especially for dissidents?

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  • Gerrymandering and Data, The Anthropocene and the World's Loneliest Tree

    February 23, 2018

    It’s not rewriting the Constitution via Facebook (Thorvaldur Gylfason, Washington, D.C., May 2012), but modern technology (big data and software modeling) is finally being used to diagnose gerrymandering and to redraw voting districts.

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  • Russian Election Hacking, Skyrmions, Optically Controlled Neurons

    February 16, 2018

    Just days before top-ranking intelligence officials confirmed to the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee that Russia had not only hacked the 2016 election but intends to do it again in 2018, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board member Eric Haseltine predicted as much in his column at Psychology Today. (Michael Hayden, Douglas Emlen, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016)

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  • John Perry Barlow

    February 09, 2018

    John Perry Barlow—lyricist and entrepreneur, cattle rancher and algae farmer, EFF co-founder and TTI/Vanguard advisory board member—passed away on Wednesday. It’s said that one can only have 160 or so friends. Barlow exceeded that by about two orders of magnitude, more than a few of whom are reading this now.

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  • Nationalized 5G, Fitness Tracker Reveal Military Secrets, Immortal Rats

    February 02, 2018

    At our regional meeting last November at Applied Minds, co-founder and past TTI/V speaker Bran Ferren (Pasadena, Feb 2008; Los Angeles, Apr 2001; Cannes, Apr 1996) predicted that Amazon would soon move into healthcare. Boom.

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  • Death's Due Date, Primate Cloning, Flicks & Unums

    January 26, 2018

    How can large corporations be more entrepreneurial? One way is to partner with startups, but that’s not without difficulties of its own. At our next regional meeting, “the most connected woman in Silicon Valley,” Ellen Levy, will describe strategies for navigating those hazards.

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  • Don't Push That Button!, Pet Translator, Robot Shopping Cart

    January 19, 2018

    To talk about what when wrong with the Hawaiian ballistic missile alert, we could hardly do better than hear from Don Norman (San Jose, Feb 2003). (Spoiler alert: “The real culprit is poor design: poor, bad, incompetent.”)

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  • Raspberry Pi Won't "Meltdown", Last Jedi Air Gap, Hospital Gown Updgrade

    January 12, 2018

    Raspberry Pi founder and former TTI/V Advisory Board member Eben Upton confirmed last week that while many ARM processors are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre attacks, those used in Raspberry Pis are not.

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  • Tailgaters Cause Traffic, Metalenses, Rodney Brooks' Predictions

    January 05, 2018

    MIT traffic researchers have found that if drivers stopped tailgating they could reach their destination twice as quickly (Tim Landgraf, Washington, D.C., Sep 2015). In other news, world hunger would end if everyone limited themselves to 1800 calories per day.

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