Friday, May 29, 2020

One benefit of moving our June conference online is that members can register at the last minute. Our meeting begins Tuesday, June 2, with three talks related to how firms are changing their processes to include AI, how business models are changing, how to get the best return on your AI investments, and how AI is creating new behemoth platforms, different from natural monopolies, but with vast market power.

Our latest TTIV podcast "Zoom is not Enough" dropped on Tuesday. This week Steven Cherry spoke with David Sax, whose most recent book is The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup.

The EU’s new €750 billion recovery plan has more than recovery in mind. Its goal is to achieve “technology sovereignty” in such areas as 5G/6G, AI, cybersecurity, and cloud infrastructure. (Hermann Hauser, George Metakides, Berlin, Jul 2004; Reineke Reitsma, Amsterdam, Jul 2000)

As many parts of the U.S. relax their various shutdowns and the remainder gets ready to, the most pressing question is, how likely are you to get infected in a restaurant, store, church, or other enclosed space? As it happens, our good friend-of-TTI/V William Haseltine (San Diego, Feb 2015; San Jose, Feb 2012; Phoenix, Dec 2008) has an equation, cited in a Psychology Today blog post by his sister-in-law and past speaker, physician Chris Gilbert (San Francisco, Feb 2017):

Probability of infection (time/distance) x (#people) x (#people with no mask)

Let’s stay safe out there!

For the data-visualization fans out there (that’s all of us, right?), there’s a beautiful and somewhat terrifying depiction of “Global Deaths Due to Various Causes and COVID-19” (stay with it, it builds slowly). (Ola Rosling, Phoenix, Dec 2003; David Smith, San Francisco, Dec 2017; Joe Hellerstein, Philadelphia, Jul 2015; Peter Cochrane, Munich, May 1997)

Whether and how to reopen colleges in the fall is a difficult question that schools have to make soon, with insufficient information. The president of the University of Notre Dame explains its decision to reopen its campus, alter the fall semester schedule, and hold athletic events without students in the stands.

The president of Auburn University, on the other hand, recently told incoming freshmen that the fall semester would include football, as well as on-campus instruction, freshman convocation, and fraternity and sorority activities.

The University of California system, which includes flagship schools UCLA and UC-Berkeley, announced earlier this month that it plans to abandon the SAT and ACT tests. What’s less clear is whether it will replace it with a new test of its own, and if not, how it will select its incoming students.

Congrats to Darryll J. Pines, who has been selected as the next president of the University of Maryland at College Park. We’re happy to see the choice of a distinguished engineer (aerospace)—in fact, he’s stepping up from his post as dean of the school of engineering there. And to Purdue’s Elisa Bertino (San Francisco, Dec 2019), who was elected to the Secretary/Treasurer position of ACM.

In the silver lining department, the global economic shut down has created an opportunity for natural experiments in several areas, from air quality in India to whale communication in Alaska.

The Mayo Clinic (Bob Charette, Washington, D.C., Sep 2014) is collaborating with Ultromics Ltd., a UK startup that applies AI to echocardiograms, and is using a pre-existing collaboration with startup Eko Devices to screen for Covid-19 patients who may have heart failure using an AI algorithm.

The newsletter will be on hiatus for the month of June, while we hold our first-ever virtual conference. In its place will be weekly highlights of what you saw (or missed!) and exhortations not to miss the next week’s sessions. See you in the Zoom!

“We’re in that zone that we don’t see movies made about.” — Lindsay Wiley, a professor of public-health law at American University, about the pandemic plateau, in which the number of cases and fatalities goes neither up nor down.

Author: Steven Cherry

Director of TTI/Vanguard, “a unique forum for senior-level executives that links strategic technology planning to business success. In private conferences that are part classroom, part think-tank, and part laboratory, its members—corporate and government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and academics—explore emerging and potentially disruptive technologies.”

Twenty years experience as a technology journalist and editor, at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Founded the award-winning podcast series, Techwise Conversations covering tech news, tech careers and education, and the engineering lifestyle. Teaches an intensive writing class as an adjunct instructor at NYU. Previously taught essay writing and creative writing at The College of New Rochelle.

Add comment

Log in to post comments