Friday, January 11, 2019

Japanese workers are the most sleep-deprived in the world. We’re not helping matters by holding a breakfast meeting in Tokyo later this month. Paul Dumouchel, of Ritsumeikan University and the Université du Québec à Montréal will talk about how we need to rethink the nature of emotion if we want robots to understand humans and serve as therapists, trainers, mediators, caregivers, and companions. Join us at the Westin Tokyo on January 24, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (agendaregistration)
Congrats to TTI/V member Hyundai for terrifying all of CES 2019 with its prototype of a walking vehicle for disaster response that is “uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits.”
Do you have any of those find-a-friend apps? Typically parents use them to keep tabs of their kids. Would you give that kind of 24/7 trackability to a stranger? It turns out, strangers can track you anywhere, anytime, at modest cost. Your cellular phone company is selling location data to whomever wants it. (Jon Callas, London, Jul 2014; Stephen Wicker, regional meeting, Nov 2013)
And the City of Los Angeles has sued the Weather Channel for violating users’ privacy. Apparently, parent company IBM has been selling location data (Jeff Jonas, San Francisco, Feb 2017 and Dec 2014) without proper disclosures and permissions.
We’ve had a training gap in the engineering world for years. Now tech companies are finally building apprenticeship programs. (Mike Gotta, Washington, D.C., May 2009)
Giant multi-mirror telescopes like the James Webb need constant adjustment. CubeSats (Jordi Puig-Suari, Boston, Apr 2017) can help.
TTI/V member firms Intel and Comcast are teaming up for better, faster home networks—10 gigabit broadband and Wi-Fi 6.
In wrapping up 2018, there’s this: The year’s highest earner on YouTube, at $22 million, is Ryan of Ryan Toysreview. Ryan is 7 years old.
Last month, drones shut down Gatwick Airport. This week it was Heathrow. (Ian Glenn, Brooklyn, Jul 2016; Eric Cheng and Mike Hawley, San Francisco, Dec 2014) Why don’t consumer drones have GPS-aware software that restricts them from controlled airspaces?
MIT researchers have come up with a way to reconstruct the 3-D software that generated a printed object. Two former speakers are among the co-authorsArmando Solar-Lezama (Washington, D.C., Sep 2018) and Daniela Rus (Boston, Apr 2014).
Amazon currently has eight cashierless convenience stores, but it could have 3000 by 2021. That would be a mere 2% of the 155,000 that currently exist, but a much larger fraction of the 32,500 of them that are not co-located with gas stations. (Anand Narasimhan, Toronto, Apr 2008; Nicholas NegroponteDaniel Schutzter, Chicago, Mar 1998)
Save the date: Meanwhile, TTI/V member firm Kroger is transforming their many supermarkets into stores of the future. We’ll be visiting their testbed store in Cold Springs, Ky., on Wednesday, April 10. More details to come soon.
At our most recent conference, Denny Vrandečić told us how Wikidata is serving as Wikipedia’s semantic back end in an effort to populate pages in nondominant-language Wikipedias. Now Google Translate will be an overtly coordinated tool for Wikipedia editors.
Last June at our Brooklyn, N.Y., meeting, Gary Marcus and Doug Lenat separately and persuasively argued that we’re a long way off from general AI. In a recent VentureBeat article, Demis Hassabis and Geoffrey Hinton agree.
Arpanet pioneer Larry Roberts passed away just before New Year’s. He was 81. He spoke twice at TTI/V, first on “The Future of ATM, Flow Control and Quality of Service” (Irving, Tx., Jul 1996) and then, as founder of Caspian Networks, “Internet Intelligence and Traffic Growth” (Dublin, Jul 2001). He will be greatly missed.
"As of our press time, the government shutdown continues and the first $0 paychecks are received. We note with concern the sacrifices being made by federal employees and government contractors, some of whom are TTI/Vanguard members. Our society depends on them in manifold ways, from taking in our tax dollars to expending them to keep our food and skies safe. We hope a resolution is soon achieved.

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Farrah Gray

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.