Friday, March 15, 2019

If you joined us in Berkeley last week for the expansive IoT, Data, and the New Last Mile you can already relive the high points (and complete your trip report!), as Nancy Kleinrock’s Highlights are now available on the website and in the app; you’ll be able to find the Citations there early next week.
Is the Boeing 737 Max 8 unsafe at any speed? Much of the world, including the U.K., Canada, China, much of Europe, and, finally, the U.S., have suspended flights. (Bob Charette, Washington, D.C., Oct 2014; MITRE field trip, Oct 2015). Steven Cherry would have been taking one next week on a Caribbean vacation and says he was more worried about sunburn.
Is Huawei unsafe at any speed? The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of member organization GCHQ, has been taking a measured approach on that very question since the early 2000s. (Ethan Zuckerman, Miami, Jul 2005)
Is Amazon unsafe at any speed? Sen. Elizabeth Warren defended her proposal to break up the biggest tech companies at SXSW this week. Her basic idea: gigantic platforms shouldn’t be able to sell products that compete with the third-party goods they also sell. (Roger McNamee and Jonathan Taplin, Los Angeles, Mar 2018; Jonathan Taplin, Boston, Apr 2017) But senator, Walmart, Trader Joe’s—and heck, even Sears Roebuck—have been doing that for years.
By an interesting coincidence, Spotify just sued Apple in the EU for this very thing. According to their complaint, “Apple operates a platform that, for over a billion people around the world, is the gateway to the Internet. Apple is both the owner of the iOS platform and the App Store—and a competitor to services like Spotify. In theory, this is fine. But in Apple’s case, they continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn.”
Happy 30th birthday to the World Wide Web! But for Tim Berners-Lee it doesn’t seem to be a happy enough occasion. At a celebratory conference at CERN on Tuesday, he said, “Whoops! The web is not the web we wanted in every respect.” David Reed and Brewster Kahle both discussed some shortcomings of, and dangers to, the Web at our May 2016 meeting in San Francisco. By the way, the first TTI/V talk explicitly about the Web, by longtime friend Larry Smarr, was in January 1994, just two months after the release of the Mosaic browser.
Waymo is now offering its laser-mapping LIDAR technology to other companies. (George Hotz, Berkeley, Mar 2018)
A survey of 700 C-level executives by KPMG found that more than half believed that “Silicon Valley will be displaced as a global technology hub by 2023” in favor of New York, Beijing, Tokyo, and London. Our own informal survey of the TTI/V staff found a universal belief that reports of Silicon Valley’s demise are greatly exaggerated. (Chris Evdemon, Tokyo, Jul 2012; Hermann Hauser, Berlin, Jul 2004; Floyd Kvamme, San Jose, Jan 1993)
Frans de Waal has finally written a book about everything he’s learned about animal emotions. He focused on empathy and compassion in his talk to TTI/Vanguard five years ago (Atlanta, Feb 2014) and they are the highlights of the book.
The winner of this year’s Cutler–Bell Prizes, offered by David Cutler and our own Gordon Bell and given to remarkable high school technologists, were announced this month. Interestingly, all four winning (of $10,000) projects were in the biomedical space, including a Silver Spring, Md., student who modeled kidney transplants to predict the success of donor–recipient matches.
Quick Hits

The influenza virus—unlike, say, measles—has a constantly evolving outer protein layer, making a permanent vaccine impossible. Or does it? Researchers are now trying to target the unchanging parts of the virus. This innovation can’t come quickly enough for Lisa Yao, who, despite diligently receiving this year’s shot, was sadly kept away from IoT, Data, and the New Last Mile by the flu. Let’s hope a comprehensive antibody-inspired vaccine is in her future—and ours. (Erica Ollmann Saphire, San Diego, Feb 2015)
Are gardens and parks essential for sanity? According to a new study, “children under 10 who had greater access to green space had 55% less risk of mental health disorders in adulthood.” Conference attendees who joined Nancy Kleinrock on one of her runs through the Berkeley Hills should be feeling mentally healthy and young at heart.
Remember the Precrime Unit in Minority Report? (Alex McDowell, Pasadena, Feb 2002) A Japanese startup analyzes security camera video for body language associated with shoplifting, before the theft occurs. (Richard Ford, Washington, D.C., Sep 2017; Jeremy Heffner, Brooklyn, Jul 2016)

A (one-day) belated Happy Pi Day to one and all. (Eben Upton, Detroit, May 2015 and Vienna, Jul 2013)

"The world wide web has really been quite spectacular and not something I would have predicted"
John Postel

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.