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TTI/Vanguard’s 2018 SCHEDULE

Designing and Doing
March 6-7, 2018 • Los Angeles, CA
March 5, 2018 Field Trip - USCís Information Sciences Institute and Institute of Creative Technologies

It’s a truism that information has to be actionable.

We’ll look at the tremendous progress that has been made making technology usable, notably in speech recognition and generation, image processing, and mobile interfaces. We’ll consider how the real-time use of sensors, big data, machine learning, and the cloud will further the process of weaning us from keyboards, buttons, and knobs as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous and effortless. And we’ll ask some bigger questions: How can we put our lives in the hands of algorithms and robots without understanding the actions they take? Why is it that iGen, the group younger than Millennials, is the most digital generation ever, and yet also the least happy? Has mobility paradoxically made us busier instead of less, and less creative instead of more?

Intelligence, Natural and Artificial
June 11-12, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
June 13, 2018 Field Trip - TBA

Technology has always been in the service of augmenting human capabilities. AI is our way of doing for mental work what the wheel, the plow, and the steam engine did for physical labor. Yet machine learning has the capability of going its own way, whether it’s Facebook bots inventing their own language or swarms of drones making collective decisions that can’t be attributed to any one node. What is the current state of the art, and how can we best harness its growing capabilities?


Less Is More
September 13–14, 2018 • Washington, D.C.
September 12, 2018 Field Trip - TBA

Technology tries to do something that has never been done before, which is often a matter of doing more with more. To create a market opportunity—and to save the planet—things have to be made simpler, easier, or more affordable. Businesses therefore need to raise the question of whether or not some new thing that can be done, ought to be done, which often comes down to whether we can now do more with less. We’ll look at efficiencies of all kinds, whether it’s creating or using power and energy better; better materials; or better communication, logistics, and markets.

December 4–5, 2018 • San Francisco, CA

Who knows what's next? Consistently, TTI/Vanguard members who attend [next] do. By 2027, the oldest members of Generation X will be eligible for Social Security, and more than half of iGen (aka iGeneration Z) will be in the workforce. Most new cars will be electric and will mostly drive themselves. Moore’s Law will have come to an end (according to Moore himself). Amazon will still dominate retail, and perhaps everything else. And brain-to-brain communication will be nearly a reality. The 2017 [next] agenda included talks on these topics, as well as cryptocurrencies, emotive search, the economics of climate change, hypermodern farming, AI-based art, and the future of economic mobility. Join us in San Francisco and find out what's next!

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