Friday, August 10, 2018

Member firm Intel will likely be the big winner as Qualcomm confirmed this week that its chips will not be used in upcoming iPhones.
Machine learning algorithms may be black boxes, but the data driving them may be all too transparent, leaking medical records and other sensitive data. So find researchers at Cornell Tech. (Arvind Narayanan, Washington, D.C., Sep 2017)
Can blockchain protect the privacy of genomic data? The leading gene sequencing service provider in South Korea is betting it can.
Attendees at this year’s Japan regional event (Tokyo, Jan 2018) first heard how Zume Pizza has major disruption potential from Advisory Board member Ellen Levy. It looks like Japan’s Masayoshi Son agrees—as he considers deploying some of Softbank’s massive pile of cash into the bold startup.
In more Advisory Board news, Krisztina “Z” Holly kicked off the first round of entrepreneurs for
the MAKE IT IN LA Catalyst Fellows, which requires participants to design and manufacture physical products. The eclectic group ranges from 3-D printed custom insoles to upcycling juice pulp and chopsticks.
Gary Cohn’s résumé includes stints as National Economic Council Director and president of Goldman Sachs, but it seems that these days his full time job is making headlines—take his comment this week that “banks were more responsible citizens in ’08 than some social media companies are today.” Or maybe that’s not so headline-worthy—it’s essentially the same point Roger MacNamee and Jonathan Taplin made at Designing and Doing (Los Angeles, Mar 2018).
In other banking-and-social-media news, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Facebook is actively seeking personal banking data including credit card transactions and account balances to increase (what else?) engagement, a charge that the social media giant was quick to deny—but maybe just the “actively” part. (Julian Ranger, London, Jul 2014; Sandy Pentland, Washington, D.C., Oct 2011; David Reed, San Francisco, Feb 2005; Christine Sottong-Micas, Cannes, Apr 1996)
New York City finally comes to its senses and puts some limits on Uber and Lyft. But Robin Chase(Atlanta, Feb 2014, Memphis, Sep 2006) argues that cities need to also put limits on private vehicles and encourage ride-sharing.
A new television service will launch by the end of 2019 that intends to "bring together the best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley," according to its ex-CEO, Meg Whitman (formerly CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and before that eBay). The service is a bit like the programming on Hulu, but will run 10-minute episodes that are optimized for smartphones. Just about every Hollywood studio is on board, and the service has raised $1 billion in funding from them. (Johann Butting, Barcelona, Jul 2007; Jon Taplin, Pasadena, Feb 2002)
Speaking of film, a documentary about General Magic was a hit at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. A trailer is here.
And speaking of important failures in the history of Silicon Valley, there’s a good article about Pixel Qi (Mary Lou Jepsen, San Francisco, Dec 2017, Geneva, Sep 2005) here.
Stop Dave. Stop Dave. I am afraid. I am afraid Dave. It turns out it is indeed hard to shut off a robot if it begs you not to. A study at the University of Duisburg-Essen found that one-third of the subjects didn’t, and the remainder took, on average, twice as long as subjects who were not subjected to its pleadings. (Luckily, Dave did not have this problem.) (Maja Matarić, Los Angeles, Mar 2018; Rodolphe Gelin, Brooklyn, Jul 2016; Brian David JohnsonAlexander Reben, Boston, Apr 2014)
I’m sorry Dave, your new employee can’t master that function—not without this course that we happen to teach. A new AI-based tool from the online education firm Coursera purports to discern what skills employees lack and then suggests courses to remediate them. (Anant Agarwal, Jersey City, Oct 2013)
Quick Hits

A midterm review of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program finds the agency has done a good job on a very limited budget, but the program needs to be more coherent and go far beyond the collecting of rock samples.
The Army Cyber Command looks to rename itself, because the best response to an attack might not be the cyber one. (Michael Hayden, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016)
Note Gen. Hayden will join us again next month at Less is More (Washington, D.C., Sept 12-14) conference. Join us for energy, IoT security, AI, new materials, computer-aided programming, privacy, cybersecurity and much more. (registrationagenda)

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