December 6–7, 2016
"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
— Malcolm X
"You don't just have a story - you're a story in the making, and you never know what the next chapter's going to be. That's what makes it exciting."
— Dan Millman
Who knows what's next? Consistently, TTI/Vanguard members who attend [next] do. At our 2015 meeting, it was how to save Moore’s Law; biotechnology losing its separate status and becoming just more technology; and mobility changing everything—even the Internet itself. And that was just the first three speakers (Stanford professor and former Intel principal engineer Subhasish Mitra; DARPA program manager Alicia Jackson; and Benedict Evans, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz). Come to San Francisco and find out what's next!
Matt Kammerait will show us how the DAQRI Smart Helmet is augmenting reality for workers making pipes at a Kazakhstan steel mill and batch processors at a German pharmaceutical company. It uses a single camera and a single inertial measurement unit, without relying on GPS, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi.
Poet, philosopher and rogue, film-maker, and visionary computer scientist Ted Nelson will offer a few thoughts about virtual reality, augmented reality, and anything else on his mind.
FPGA chips creates an opportunity to alter the paradigm of test and measurement equipment, replacing many expensive single-use boxes with a single all-in-one device that can be reconfigured via software in a matter of milliseconds. Danielle Wuchenich of Liquid Instruments will describe the company’s version of such a device.
The taxi and hotel industries are being disrupted by simple apps—and an infrastructure of software and business relationships behind them. Rohan Malhotra of RoadZen asks: Why not roadside assistance?
Erik Andrejko will explain how Climate Corporation’s hyper-local weather monitoring, agronomic modeling, and high-resolution weather simulations help farmers by make better-informed operating and financing decisions.
Qing Cao is a Research Scientist in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at IBM’s Watson Research Center working on the carbon nanotube technology that will get us to 5 nanometer nodes—perhaps the final stage when it comes to shrinking the size of transistors.
David Chaum uses encryption like Jackson Pollack used paint, to create elegant, nearly incomprehensible systems that are impossible to crack and nearly impossible to explain.
Heidi Kujawa, President of ByFusion, will tell us how RePlast—a block in the size, shape, and strength of a concrete block, made entirely out of recyclable plastic—can simplify building construction while at the same time reducing the absurd abundance of plastic occupying our landfills and polluting our oceans.
Dan V. Nicolau of McGill University will show how a computer consisting of a nanostructured network can use protein filaments to solve an NP-complete problem (the subset sum problem).
Sander Otte of Delft University of Technology is part of a group that recently demonstrated an atomic memory, that is, putting one bit of data on each atom, that can store and rewrite data 500 times more efficiently than the best hard drives on the market.
If transporting temperature-sensitive materials has ever been a problem for your corporation, you’ll appreciate the NanoShield, a polymer that can be blended with protein-based molecules to eliminate the need for refrigeration, as explained by Nanoly Bioscience’s CTO, Mark Tibbitt. [Tentative]
SPECIAL FOCUS: BLOCKCHAIN
Dan Elitzer is a member of IDEO Futures, where he leads IDEO's Bits + Blocks coLAB, an innovation lab exploring blockchains and related technology.
Google’s Mike Cassidy is the former head of Project Loon, network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend connectivity to the 4 billion people in rural and remote areas worldwide who don’t yet have access to high-speed Internet.
SPECIAL FOCUS: AR/VR
While watching his son play Call of Duty a few years ago, George Burger thought it would be for him to move rather than sit on a couch as he braved his way through virtual battle. The result is the Infinideck, a 6’ x 6’ omni-directional treadmill designed for VR gaming.
Mark Skwarek is an artist and the Director of NYU's Mobile Augmented Reality Lab. If you think of Pokémon Go as just the tip of the AR/VR iceberg, Mark will describe the whole iceberg.
Brian Mullins will show us how the DAQRI Smart Helmet is augmenting reality for workers making pipes at a Kazakhstan steel mill and batch processors at a German pharmaceutical company. It uses a single camera and a single inertial measurement unit, without relying on GPS, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi.
Sanjay Jhawar is President of RealWear, which makes a single-eye, voice-driven display currently being field tested by GE, Verizon, and Duke Energy.
Virtual reality in gaming and entertainment is going to be big. Virtual reality in the workplace is going to be even bigger, says Nolan Bushnell.