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  • DNA Used to Infect Computer with Virus, India Block the Wayback Machine, Voyager 1's 40 Years

    August 11, 2017

    The idea behind our Feb 2014 conference, Embracing Blur, was that technology is muddying traditional boundariessuch as the differences between semiconductor companies and automakers. According to CNBC, “Intel said on Wednesday that it will build a fleet of 100 cars to test self-driving technology, as the chip company tries to leapfrog rivals like Qualcomm and Nvidia.”

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  • DNA Used to Infect Computer with Virus, India Block the Wayback Machine, Voyager 1's 40 Years

    August 11, 2017

    The idea behind our Feb 2014 conference, Embracing Blur, was that technology is muddying traditional boundariessuch as the differences between semiconductor companies and automakers. According to CNBC, “Intel said on Wednesday that it will build a fleet of 100 cars to test self-driving technology, as the chip company tries to leapfrog rivals like Qualcomm and Nvidia.”

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  • Human Embryo DNA Editing, US Buys Fewer TVs, Uber Gets Gamed

    August 04, 2017

    The FBI’s Next Generation ID system stores the biometric records of people with criminal records, but also anyone in military service, and has data from a variety of employment background checks and volunteer positions. And beginning August 31, a new rule will exempt it from a Privacy Act requirement to disclose the existence of someone’s records to them. Privacy will of course be a central theme of our September meeting. Please register by August 18. 

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  • Biomimetic Slug Slime, Fake News Is Like a Disease, Dog Chip Your Staff!

    July 28, 2017

    The biomimetic approach has been inspirational, drawing on the marvels of spider silk (Tiger Tao, San Diego, Feb 2015, Todd Blackledge, Charlotte, Dec 2010), gecko ambulation (Duncan Irschick, San Diego, Feb 2015; Robert Full, Charlotte, Dec 2010; Sangbae Kim, Los Angeles, Feb 2011), and ant networking algorithms (Deborah Gordon, Seattle, Dec 2012). The latest animal leading to a technological breakthrough is one all too familiar to gardeners in the northeast this soggy summer: the slug. Researchers intrigued with slug slime have developed a flexible and biocompatible adhesive that sticks to wet surfaces.

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  • Robot Suicide, Glass Resurrected, Fontgate

    July 21, 2017

    The near-tragedy of the Air Canada plane that almost landed on an SFO taxiway instead of its assigned runway reminded us of how small that airport is, something we learned during the air-traffic control exercise in our field trip to MITRE two years ago (Washington D.C., Sep 2015). 

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  • Battery Free Phone, Glass Resurrected, Solar-Powered Tent

    July 14, 2017

    The TTI/V newsletter is back! Robin has returned from climbing castles in Italy, Steven has returned from climbing mountains in New Hampshire, and Nancy has dug out of the mud in the Finger Lakes. They and the rest of the staff are hard at work building September’s Risk, Security, & Privacy meeting. Please register by August 16.

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  • Flexible Display—For Real, AR Storybooks, Snapchat Shares Your Location

    June 30, 2017

    Former speaker Brian David Johnson (San Fran, Feb 2017; Boston, Apr 2014) has graciously invited TTI/V members to attend the upcoming Threatcasting Workshop being held in Washington, D.C., on September 6 and 7. The event envisions possible threats (and solutions) ten years in the future. Please email Brian to reserve your spot. Note that’s the week before our own not unrelated Risk, Security, & Privacy meeting (overviewregistration).

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  • Entanglement in Space!, White Wall Hydrogen Fuel, AI For Digging

    June 23, 2017

    That data on 200 million Americans, including home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, was sitting on a publicly accessible server without even password protection is, sadly, a commonplace occurrence these days (Adam Ghetti, Simon Crosby, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016). But unusually, because this data set was related to the 2016 presidential election, it also included “details of voters’ likely preferences for issues like stem cell research and gun control.” Issues of access control and authentication will be discussed by several speakers at our Risk, Security, & Privacy meeting (overviewregistration), as well as Arvind Narayanan on deanonymization. 
     

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  • History of the iPhone, Proterra Gets Funding, Amazon Buys Whole Foods

    June 16, 2017

    U.S. Representative Steve Scalise is being treated at one of our members’ facilities, the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. We are grateful that he is getting the best care possible and we wish him all the best.

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  • Drone Racing, Airbus Spin Class, AI Explains Itself

    June 09, 2017

    It’s not exactly watching Steve McQueen at Le Mans, but seeing drones duck under the Arc de Triomphe at 100 kph must’ve been pretty cool for the 36 pilots and 150,000 Parisians who turned out for the Drone Champions League competition last week. (Ian Glenn, Brooklyn, Jul 2016; Eric Cheng, San Francisco, Dec 2014; Evan Ackerman, Boston, Apr 2014)

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