• Holiday Gift Ideas, Dr. Dobbs and AI Threats

    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."

  • WebEx, Roomba and Blackphone

    December 12, 2014

    The privacy-first smartphone, Blackphone (Jon Callas, London, Jul 2014), is being enhanced with, on the one hand, the ability to erect a wall between personal and professional uses with Graphite Software's Spaces and, on the other hand, the launching of its own app store that promises to include only apps that meet the phone company's strong no-snooping standards.

  • December: [next]

    December 05, 2014

    How Google Works: The Rules for Success in the Internet Century 

    By Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg, with Alan Eagle

  • CO2, GPS and Takata

    November 21, 2014

    In an article entitled "Google Can Now Describe Your Cat Photos,” our own David Bader of Georgia Tech is quoted (albeit without quotation marks) in the Wall Street Journal’s Digits column this week. The new technology could lead to big improvements in the accuracy of Google’s image-search results, which today often rely on  text found near a photo on a web page. One day it might help people search vast libraries of untagged photos or videos stored on smartphones, says David Bader, a professor of computer science at Georgia Tech. A startup called Viblio is using similar research out of Simon Fraser University to automatically categorize videos.

  • Gordon Bell Prize, Github and ISEE3

    November 14, 2014

    Advisory Board Member Gordon Bell (of the eponymous Gordon Bell Prize) has his finalists on pins & needles; the prize will be awarded next week!  See the short list here:

  • Internet Archive, IPCC and Eva Longoria

    November 07, 2014

    We simply love Brewster Kahle's (Seattle, Sep 2001, and San Francisco, Feb 2005) Internet Archive. In addition to being a treasure trove of books, music, movies, television news (2009-present), historic and open-source software, and, oh, making it possible to dial up any website as it looked on any particular day with the Wayback Machine, with the Internet Arcade, the Archive now makes it possible to play 900 old-school arcade games in your browser. http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/internet-arcade-puts-900-free-coin-op-games-in-your-browser/ . Moreover, the Archive's facility in San Francisco is hosting Aaron Swartz Day (Rome, Jul 2008) on Saturday, Nov 8, on what would have been Swartz's 28th birthday; the theme is "Setting the Record Straight."

  • Cyber Attacks, Solid-State Amplifier Integrated Circuit and Wolfram

    October 31, 2014

    The archives now contain full video coverage from Reprogramming Programming! If you or any member of your team need help finding your way through the TTI/Vanguard archive, please contact Claudia cmiklas@ttivanguard.com.

  • Irish Coffee, Wearables and 50 Connected Women

    October 24, 2014

    One of our members wanted to remind each of you that Irish coffee was actually refined and perfected in San Francisco -

  • Antikythera, TrueNorth and The Accidental Roboticist

    October 17, 2014

    Our speakers, advisory board, and members are often making news. We thought you might appreciate regular updates on their doings, so we'll try our best to bring you interesting news and to keep it short! And—in the spirit of next year's meeting on collaboration—we hope that you'll help by sending us tidbits that you want us to include. As well, maybe you know of a great job opening or you just read a controversial article that you can-t wait to discuss at the next TTI/Vanguard meeting. Perhaps you want to ask a question of the group—we can do polls too. Share your ideas with us!

  • October: Reprogramming Programming

    October 05, 2014

    The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths

    By Mariana Mazzucato