TTI/V's Advisory Board of leading inventors, innovators, and academics has led this business for 25 years. For the next 25, we would like to strengthen this leadership by filling some Board seats with sponsoring members. We hope some members will sit on the Advisory Board for a one- or two-year term, and others will join us in guiding specific meetings. Interested members should contact Lisa or Steven.
And, speaking of members, Johns Hopkins APL won the most recent NASA New Frontiers competition and will be sending “Dragonfly” to Saturn’s Moon Titan in 2026. Powered by solar and a radioactive source, the autonomous drone should last two and a half years.
Daimler and member firm BMW have announced a strategic partnership to develop “technologies for assisted driving systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking.” The two companies will then implement the technologies independently.
A study of Huawei employee CVs that were leaked online reveals—surprise, surprise—close ties to Chinese defense and intelligence agencies. (Michael Hayden, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016 and Sep 2018).
The WSJ breathlessly reports that hackers may be able to discern what you write just by capturing the acoustic signals thrown off by your typing, as if this form of spying isn’t at least 40 years old—as is described in Eric Haseltine’s new book, The Spy in Moscow Station: A Counterspy's Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat. Eric will join us in September to talk about these sorts of attacks, old and new.
Would you trust a flu vaccine designed by an AI? An Australian research team used successful and unsuccessful drugs as training data for their software, which “came up with its own suggestion of what might be an effective adjuvant, which we then took and tested, and sure enough, it worked." (Robert Murphy, San Jose, Feb 2012)
Would you trust a car operated completely on commercially available cell networks, with visuals provided by a handful of cell phone cameras and electric inputs, “driven” by a driver 3000 miles away? (George Hotz, Berkeley, Mar 2019; Simon Tong, Brooklyn, Jun 2018; Marco Della Torre, Los Angeles, Mar 2018)
Would you trust data stored within molecules—sugars, amino acids, and other metabolites? Brown University researchers encoded a 6,142-pixel image in an array of six different metabolites that generated 1,024 dots in which the six metabolites were either absent or present. The data was retrieved with 99% accuracy using a mass spectrometer. (Sri Kosuri, San Diego, Feb 2015; Len Adleman, San Diego, Nov 2002)
What’s your personal data worth? Does $460 sound fair? British Airways was fined £183 million this week for violating the GDPR in a 2018 data breach of 500,000 records. (Jeff Jonas, San Francisco, Dec 2014; Julian Ranger, London, Jul 2014; Donald Lindberg, Washington, D.C., Dec 2005; Marc Rotenberg, Austin, Feb 2001; Christine Sottong-Micas, Cannes, Apr 1996).
Meanwhile, who needs breaches when we’ve already given away the data? The FBI has reportedly done 390,000 facial-recognition searches of federal and local databases, including state DMV records, over the past eight years. (Andrew Bud, Washington, D.C., Yann LeCun, Pittsburgh, Oct 2012; Sep 2017; Maurice Gifford, Versailles, May 1998)
Rodney Mullen (Berkeley, Mar 2019) was named one of eleven MIT Media Lab Director's Fellows this year. His cohort includes a poet, a former NBA player, and the mayor of Stockton, Calif.
Mike Cassidy (San Francisco, Dec 2016) has moved on from Project Loon, but the massive balloon-based network continues to provide much-needed Internet access, such as to Peru’s Amazon region after it was struck by an 8.0 earthquake in May.
"Passwords are like underwear: don’t let people see it, change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers."