• Pandemic Role Play, 3D Printed Bot Boats, Headphone AC

    June 01, 2018

    When is a game not fun? When two percent of the world’s population perishes. That was the outcome of a day-long exercise in global-pandemic management (Erica Ollmann Saphire, San Diego, Feb 2015; Luis Bettencourt, Washington, D.C., Oct 2011; Richard Carmona, Washington, D.C., May 2007) held by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Ten experts played the roles of U.S. officials in a series of meetings convened by the National Security Council. By the way, the simulation’s pandemic was engineered and set loose by terrorists, not generated by an animal virus mutating and jumping to humans, as Barbara Han (Austin, Feb 2016) warned us about.

  • Chinese Supercomputer Domination, Microwaving Cars, GDPRiffic!

    May 25, 2018

    China holds the top two spots on the Top500 list, but it’s not resting on its supercomputing laurels. The National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen is planning to spend about half a billion dollars building an exascale supercomputer ten times faster than the current leader (Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo, Jul 2012). In its first full year of existence, Vanguard devoted an entire meeting to supercomputing, including a talk from Cray (Bob Ewald, Tempe, May 1992), which currently holds the #7 spot.

  • Box Fresh Flash Drives, Copters on Mars, Wikipedia on the Moon

    May 18, 2018

    With lidar so much in the news lately, it’s easy to forget that AVs also need radar. Well, Hyundai hasn’t forgotten, and recently made an investment in Metawave, which makes a single-antenna that sends different signals that can be blended by software when they bounce back.

  • Members Make News, DoT Pilot Program, YouTubers Promote Cheating Service

    May 11, 2018

    We are delighted to see so much news from our community this week. First, congrats to TTIV member firm, Lockheed Martin. Their JPL-partnership InSight Lander probe launched this week. Next stop, Mars (ETA: Nov. 26, 2018).

  • EPA Transparency, Ozzie's Clear and Breaking the Difffraction Limit

    May 04, 2018

    Congratulations to Amanda Randles (San Diego, Feb 2015) for winning the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award “for developing HARVEY, a massively parallel fluid dynamics simulation capable of modeling the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution and fostering discoveries that will serve as a basis for improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human diseases.”

  • Scooter Invasion, 5G in Name Only, NASA+Ethereum=Collision Avoidance?

    April 27, 2018

    Over the past 10 years, “lidar patents had an annual compound growth rate of 21 percent” (Ian Oppermann, Paris, July 2011). Of course, the main application for lidar is autonomous vehicles. At June’s Intelligence, Natural and Artificial meeting, Simon Tong will describe how the UK startup FiveAI is working to build AVs that don’t require GPS.

  • National Radio Quiet Zone, No Sig Required & No Safe Space for Your Face

    April 20, 2018

    Two Washington University business-school researchers have developed a machine-learning modeling tool for farmers to help farmers choose which crop varieties to plant. It sounds like a lower-tech version of the Climate Corp/Monsanto AI tools Erik Andrejko told us about (San Francisco, Dec 2016).

  • WebAuthn, Magic Leap Dev Kit and Zuckerberg Speaks

    April 13, 2018

    What kind of intelligence is required to win at poker? Up till last year, human intelligence. Then a CMU bot named Libratus beat four top players at heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em. Libratus’s co-creator, Noam Brown, will join us at our next meeting, Intelligence, Natural and Artificial, June 11–12, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (registration, agenda) to talk about programming an imperfect-information game, and possible applications in negotiation and marketing.

  • DNS, AI boycotts, Supersonic Jets, and Courtney Love

    April 06, 2018

    Cloudflare (Ryan Lackey, Philadelphia, Jul 2015) is launching a DNS service at, claiming it’s faster than any other.

  • Next Gen RFID, Atlanta Hit By Ransomware, Facebook Hoovers Android Call Logs

    March 30, 2018

    Save the date: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hosting a Barlow Symposium with the Freedom of the Press Foundation on August 7 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco from 2:00 to 6:00. The lineup of speakers, which includes Joi Ito (Chicago, May 2011; Barcelona, Jul 2007), Cory Doctorow (London, Jul 2010), Mitch Kapor, and Ed Snowden, will help celebrate Barlow’s seminal Internet-shaping ideas. More information here. Of course, many of us have been to the Internet Archive ourselves (Brewster Kahle, regional meeting, June 2016); we cannot think of a better reason to return.