Friday, August 9, 2019

We are looking forward to seeing members at our upcoming Blockchain and Other Networks conference being held in Washington, DC on September 11–13. 
 
Sending data while close to the sun presents unique transmission challenges, but the Parker Solar Probe mission team at the TTI/V member Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (field trip, Sep 2017) has successfully received a 22 GB data dump of the satellite’s first two flybys. 
www.bgr.com/2019/08/06/parker-probe-data-nasa-sun-mission 
 
If Brazil adds its 26 GHz and 700 MHz bands to its planned March 2020 sale of 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies, it would make for the world’s biggest 5G spectrum auction to date. (Robert Heath, San Francisco, May 2016; Dewayne Hendricks, Miami, Sep 2002)
www.reuters.com/article/us-nokia-brazil/nokia-says-brazil-5g-auction-may-be-worlds-biggest-yet-idUSKCN1UW24Y
 
Nvidia releases AR glasses that take advantage of the narrow focus of the eye’s fovea to double the Hololens’s field of view. (Jim Marggraff, San Francisco, May 2016)
www.tomsguide.com/news/nvidias-killer-ar-tech-doubles-hololens-2s-field-of-view
 
For years, pundits have predicted the decline of investment portfolio managers at the hands of rising quantitative and algorithmic trading. But if 2019 YTD performance is any indicator, man is currently winning the battle against machines. (Antoine Blondeau, Brooklyn, Jul 2016)
www.businessinsider.com/the-best-and-worst-performing-hedge-funds-this-year-2019-7 
 
We strongly believe in free speech, even for the vile website 8chan, but more and more countries are censoring the Internet on a national level. Kazakhstan recently joined their ranks by “forcing every citizen to install a government-issued national security certificate on every device used to access the Internet, and within every browser.” (J. Alex Halderman, Washington, D.C., Sep 2016; Ryan Lackey, Chris White, Philadelphia, Jul 2015)
www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/kazakhstan-internet-surveillance-plan-involves-intercepting-citizens-web-traffic/
 
Quick Hits

 
Speaking of gold, the United States ended the gold standard for currency 75 years ago, and good thing—gold just has too many other useful applications. And that was true even before researchers at the University of Leeds figured out how to make nanosheets of it only two atoms thick.
www.engadget.com/2019/08/06/researchers-create-2d-gold-a-million-times-thinner-than-a-fing 
 
Relief for middle-seat air passengers: The so-called S1 design, which staggers seating so that the middle one is slightly behind its neighbors, recently received FAA approval and at least one airline will be implementing it by the end of 2020.
www.fastcompany.com/90377949/airlines-are-finally-fixing-the-middle-seat
 
Fusion nuclear energy continues to make progress. (MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, field trip, Boston, Apr 2017; Dennis Whyte, San Francisco, Dec 2015)
www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/dppl-itm080519.php 
 
Another one for the AI-is-going-after-white-collar-jobs file (Paul Daugherty, San Francisco, Dec 2018 Ian Stewart, Brooklyn, July 2016): JPMorgan Chase has signed a long-term deal with Persado, a PR startup that uses machine learning to write marketing copy. According to Chase’s CMO, “Machine learning is the path to more humanity in marketing.”
www.persado.com/press-releases/jpmorgan-chase-announces-five-year-deal-with-persado-for-ai-powered-marketing-capabilities/
 
Geoengineering would be a desperate way to slow climate change, however, new simulations show that at least it would be less disruptive to weather patterns than an equivalent volcano eruption. (Richard Turco, Santa Monica, Dec 2007) 
www.phys.org/news/2019-08-geoengineering-volcano.html 
 
… And now we can also better predict volcano behavior, thanks to new modeling techniques developed by German researchers.
www.sciencefocus.com/news/computer-model-may-help-to-more-accurately-predict-volcano-eruptions/
 
Speaking of climate change, it’s driving the need for personalized, portable air conditioning systems, the proliferation of which would of course contribute to the problem.
www.fastcompany.com/90385897/the-billion-dollar-race-to-invent-a-wearable-air-conditioner
 
The New York Times has an article titled “How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars”—only eleven months after Dan Work (Washington, D.C., Sep 2018) warned us about it. (The problem, for those who missed that meeting, is that autonomous vehicles are programmed to stop the moment a pedestrian steps off the curb.)
www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/business/self-driving-cars-jaywalking.html 
 
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Your phone knows. (Someone once suggested the ideal TTI/V member is an “extroverted introvert.” We’ll take it.)
www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2019/jul/phone-movement-personaility

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Toni Morrison

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.