Friday, December 19, 2014

We are happy to wrap up 2014 and eager for 2015!  And speaking of 2015, we’re pleased to be able to tell you that Dr. Carver Mead—inventor of the integrated circuit and GaAS MESFET, biotech entrepreneur, winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize, and holder of the National Medal of Technology—will join us at “Biotech and Beyond,” February 24-25, 2015 to speak on "The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation.”  He’ll introduce what he says is a “simpler, more intuitive” understanding of the Theory of General Relativity--a unified theory of gravitation and electromagnetism "in which the two interactions are of exactly the same form, but of the opposite sign."

When it comes to BIG THINKING, it doesn’t get much bigger than Carver Mead please register soon:

Don’t forget that Advisory Board Member Eric Haseltine has 2 Regional Breakfast Meetings scheduled for Boston on January 20 and Washington, DC on January 21. In both cities, we’ll begin with breakfast at 8 am and then have a discussion from 8:30 until 10:30 am. “Ten Myths of Cyber Security” is too important to miss so please do mark your calendar and invite your colleagues:

Intel is solidifying its stake in the Internet of Things arena with its new IoT Platform (Brian David Johnson, Boston, Apr 2014; Vida Ilderem, Washington, D.C., Apr/May 2013; Justin Rattner, Seattle, Dec 2012).

Gary Marcus (who joined Doug Lenat and Marvin Minsky on the stage in Boston, 2014) has a new article out in the Wall Street Journal “Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet”

Occasionally, we post a session on YouTube and the recent Eric Cheng/Mike Hawley discussion and drone demo  from [next] 2014 is up now:  If a DJI Phantom isn’t yet on your holiday wish list, it will be after you watch this session!

Our Advisory Board has been busy celebrating the holidays by updating their wish lists – this is what you’ll find under their loved ones’ trees and throughout their 8 nights of light:

For the makers—and space junkies—in your life:

For the quantified selves (quantified elves?), another new tracker

A Kinect-like controller that you wear on your arm:

Two fun (and secretly educational) toys from a former speaker (Vikas Gupta – Washington DC, September 2014):

Our favorite (albeit non-tech) Hanukah gift:

Kits to build  and how-to videos:

And of course Maker’s catalog:

And who wouldn't love a class or membership at TechShop or FabLab or any other makerspace in your town?

For the readers: Time Reborn by Lee Smolin (Atlanta, Feb 2008;  Jersey City, Oct 2013)

Pricy, but invaluable, tool for staying in touch with the loved ones back home 

For the budding scientists and engineers: A Raspberry Pi (Eben Upton, Vienna, July 2013) outfitted with Mathematica 

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to say a sad farewell to Dr. Dobbs, a magazine many of us surely have learned much from at one time or another. Godspeed good friend.

We’ll be back in early January with more TTI/Vanguard news.  In the meantime, we wish each of you a safe and happy holiday season.

The TTI/Vanguard Team

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.