Thursday, July 30, 2009
Singularity University? What about a Singularity Community College, with a mobile/distance learning option?
After I posted David Orban's presentation about the Internet of Things and Spime Design, which was part of the 2009 Singularity University, I took a deeper look at the Singularity University website. There are 3-day and 10-day programs geared for executives, and a 9-week Graduate Studies Program.
The Singularity University, held at the NASA Ames Research Center, "aims to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges."
The tuition for the 9-week program of study at the Singularity University is $25,000.00. It is not an inclusive environment, from what I can tell from the description of the ideal Singularity University student:
1. "We are looking for students who are creative, intelligent, and driven-for-excellence from around the world."
2. "Experts in one of the 10 track areas, and have a passion to learn about other tracks."
3. "They are proven leaders and entrepreneurs. We are looking for the next generation of CEPs, University Deans/Presidents and Government leaders."
4. "We are looking for internationalists: people who are bilingual or multilingual with a strong command of English (the language used to teach SU courses) and people who have traveled widely.
5. "They are interested in understanding and addressing the world's grand challenges."
The following tracks offered by the Singularity University include the following:
- Futures Studies & Forecasting
- Policy, Law & Ethics
- Finance & Entrepreneurship
- Networks & Computing Systems
- Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
- Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
- AI & Robotics
- Energy & Ecological Systems
- Space & Physical Sciences
What the world REALLY needs is a Singularity Community College, with the same faculty as the University version. The community college version would also provide a ubiquitous learning option for those of us too busy to attend courses in person.
Nine weeks, $250.00 a student. Transformation? Priceless.
For your convenience, below is some information about the movers and shakers affiliated with the Singularity University . The information is from the Singularity University website.
Faculty & Advisors
- Amara D. Angelica, Academic Model/Curriculum Lead, Singularity University
- Andrew Hessel, Open source biology, Founding Dir, Pink Army Cooperative
- Aubrey de Grey, Chair & Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah Foundation
- Ben Goertzel, Founder, Novamente LLC; Dir of Research, Singularity Inst
- Bob Metcalfe, General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
- Bruce Damer, Founder CEO, DigitalSpace; Dir The Contact Consortium
- Burton Lee, Faculty, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Stanford
- Charles Du, Technology Catalyst, Singularity University
- Chris Boshuizen, Project/Events Planning Lead, Singularity University
- Chris DiBona, Open Source Program Manager, Google Inc.
- Christine Peterson, Vice President, Foresight Institute
- Christopher deCharms, Founder, Omneuron, Inc.
- Christopher Stott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat LLC
- Claire Tomkins, Project Manager: Gigaton Throwdown
- Dan Barry, President, Denbar Robotics, former NASA astronaut
- Dan Kammen, Co-director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment
- Dan Whaley, Founder and CEO, Climos
- Daniel Ford, Senior Mathematician, Google Inc.
- Daniel Kraft, Instructor, Cancer/Stem Cell Biology Institute, Stanford University
- Daniel Reda, Co-Founder, CureTogether
- Dave Blakely, Director of Technology Strategy, IDEO
- David Haussler, Professor, Biomolecular Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
- David Orban, Founder & Chief Evangelist at WideTag, Inc. (OpenSpime)
- David S. Rose, CEO Angelsoft, Managing Principal, Rose Tech Ventures
- David Tosh, Co-Founder of Elgg
- Dharmendra Modha, Manager, Cognitive Computing, IBM Almaden
- Donald James, Project Manager, International Space University
- Gary Martin, Director, New Ventures & Communications, NASA Ames
- George Smoot, University of California, Berkeley; 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
- Henrik Bennetsen, Assoc Dir, Stanford Humanities Lab, Stanford University
- Howard Bloom, Author, The Lucifer Principle, and Global Brain
- J Storrs Hall, Pres, Foresight Inst; Author, Beyond AI & Nanofuture
- James Canton, CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures
- James Tracy, Educational Consultant, Singularity University
- Jason Lohn, Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
- Jeffrey Hoffman, MIT Professor of Aerospace Engineering, former NASA Astronaut
- Jerome C. Glenn, Director, The Millennium Project
- Jim Dator, Prof & Dir of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies
- Jim Karkanias, Senior Director, Applied Research and Technology, Microsoft
- John Smart, Founder & President, Acceleration Studies Foundation
- Kathryn Myronuk, Library and Knowledge Resources, Singularity University
- Keith Kleiner, Associate Founder, Singularity University
- Kevin Epstein, Executive in Residence, Mohr Davidow Ventures
- Lanny Ebenstein, Professor, UC Santa Barbara
- Larry Smarr, Dir, CA Inst for Telecommunications & Information Tech
- Lauren Fletcher, Engineer, Astrobiology, NASA Ames Research Center
- Martin Greenberger, Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management
- Mary Hodder, Founder of Dabble
- Matt Mullenweg, Founder, WordPress and Automattic
- Matt Rutherford, Media Producer, Singularity University
- Michel Gelobter, Founder, Cooler Inc; former Pres, Redefining Progress
- Michael Potter, Director, Paradigm Ventures
- Michael Simpson, President, International Space University
- Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Creative Commons
- Natasha Vita-More, PhD cand, U of Plymouth; Vis Scholar, 21st Century Medicine
- Neil Jacobstein, CEO, Teknowledge; Media X Prog, Stanford Univ
- Patrick Lin, Director, The Nanoethics Group
- Paul Saffo, Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Media X research network
- Pete Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center
- Peter Diamandis, Founder, X PRIZE Foundation
- Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google Inc.
- Raj Reddy, Prof of Computer Science & Robotics, Carnegie Mellon Univ
- Ralph Merkle, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
- Ray Kurzweil, Founder, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
- Robert. A. Freitas, Jr, Sr Research Fellow, Inst for Molecular Manufacturing
- Robert Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossroads Ventures
- Robert Richards, Founder, Odyssey Moon Limited
- Robert Taylor, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
- Rohit Khare, Former Director of CommerceNet Labs; Founder, Ångströ Inc.
- Salim Ismail, Executive Director, Singularity University
- Sarah Black, Kurzweil Liaison, Singularity University
- Sebastian Thrun, Prof of Computer Science and Dir, AI Laboratory at Stanford
- Sonia Arrison, Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute
- Stephanie Langhoff, Chief Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
- Stuart Kim, Professor, Developmental Biology, Stanford University
- Sunil Paul, Founding Partner at Spring Ventures
- Susan Fonseca-Klein, VP of Operations, Singularity University
- Tara Lemmey is the CEO of LENS Ventures
- Terry Grossman, Founder and Medical Director of Grossman Wellness Center
- Timothy Ferriss, Author, The 4-Hour Workweek
- Tom Byers, Prof, Stanford Univ; Stanford Technology Ventures Program
- Troy Byrd, Education/Business Development, Singularity University
- Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.
- Will Wright, Creator: SimCity, Spore; Founder, Maxis (Electronic Arts)
- William Marshall, Academic Model/Curriculum Lead, Singularity University
- Yves Debat, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Here is the list of the 2009 Singularity University students:
- Alexander Bobrovnikov Bentley Turner Christian Tom Collin Bockman
- Devin Fidler Gregory Wientjes Holley Abrams Jessica Scorpio
- Jovan Rebolledo Lale Basarir Laurence Hayes Luke Hutchison
- Margo Liptsin Marianne Ryan Neil Thompson Nitesh Banta
- Pankaj Maheshwari Rex Lee Rod Furlan Ross Shott
- Sam Zaid Sarah Sclarsic Shai Machnes Shawna Pandya
- Simon Daniel Nuno Martins Tim Coleman Vijai Anma
- Yitzhack Schwartz Tasha McCauley Yonatan Adiri Zubin Wadia
- Gloria Vargas Bj Price Justyna Zander Sofya Yampolsky
- Santiago Hernandez Paul Lem
More from the Singularity University website:
"The following companies and organizations are working in partnership with Singularity University. Their contributions and credibility are critical to the growth of this institution"
- AppJet Inc.
- ePlanet Ventures Founded in 1999, ePlanet Ventures pioneered the development of a true global venture capital business model and was the first venture capital firm that utilized a global model with offices in Asia, Europe and the United States. ePlanet is one of the top performing venture capital firms in the world and has backed companies like Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), Skype (Nasdaq: EBAY) and Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN) among others.
- Corporate Games
"The Founders Circle is composed of those individuals and companies who provided the start-up capital to establish Singularity University. Their contributions and credibility are critical to the Founding of this institution."
Corporate Founders ($250K+)
Associate Founders ($100K+)
- Moses Znaimer, Founder, MZ Media
- Keith Kleiner, Founder, The Haymar Hedge Fund
- Barney Pell, Founder, Powerset
- Klee Irwin, Founder, Irwin Naturals
- Sonia Arrison, Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute
- Dan Stoicescu, Founder, Sindan
- Georges Harik, Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
- Reese Jones, Founder of Netopia (Motorola)
- David S. Rose, CEO Angelsoft, Managing Principal, Rose Tech Ventures
- Sabiha Rumani Malik, Founder, Ideas for Humanity
- Peter L. Bloom, Managing Director, General Atlantic LLC
- Geoffrey Shmigelsky, CEO, Appien Logic
Supporters ($5K – $100K)
- Eric Di Benedetto, Founder, Active Starts
- Chris Haley, Founder, Nested Universe
- Adarsh Deepak, Ph.D., President & CEO, Science and Technology Corp. (STC)
Below is David Orban's presentation about the Internet of Things and Spime Design at the 2009 Singularity University at the NASA Ames center.
More about the Singularity University will be included in my next post.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I've noticed that IBM is permeating the masses with the "A Smarter Planet" campaign, and is also very busy building the Internet of Things. If you are like me and DVR your televisionnprogramming, you might have missed the following commercials featuring hardworking, smart IBMers:
Smarter Info Management
Smarter Energy Grid
IBM YouTube Advertising Channel
Here are a couple of good articles to read about this topic:
"Imagine a world with millions, perhaps trillions, of sensors that use IBM technology - because that's what Big Blue is imagining." IBM and The Internet of Things
7/22/09 Richard MacManus, Read-Write Web
The Internet of Things. Or Web 3.0
7/22/09 Adam Christensen, A Smarter Planet Blog
The NY Time's David Pogue's humorous look at why everyone should consider Google Voice, "One Phone Number, Online Voicemail, and Enhanced Call Features".
I especially like how the video provides a look at exploring and then solving the "problem space" through various scenarios.
I got my Google Voice number today- now I need to figure out the next steps!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Duke Energy has established a Smart Grid in one of the neighborhoods in Charlotte, N.C. So what exactly does a Smart Grid look like? Take a look at the following slideshow:
So what exactly is a Smart Grid? It is a system to support "smarter" ways to manage and use energy, and utilizes intelligent sensors along power lines, communication nodes on utility poles, and Smart Meters at customers' homes. Duke Power has provided customers with home management systems to provide them with "timely energy usage information".
Here's the video:
Smart Grid: Virtual Power Plant
You can have a Smart Grid Kitchen along with your Smart Grid energy service, at least sometime in the near future. The pictures below are from CNET News:
It is networked via WiMax:
It comes with a lot of "stuff", hopefully it can be tastefully hidden or decorated:
I don't see a single woman in the GE Smart Grid Kitchen pictures.
GE SmartGrid Website
GE appliances to connect to smart grid via Tendril
Martin LaMonica, CNET News, 7/8/09
Privacy Challenges Could Stall Smart Grid
Susan L. Lyon, MatteRNetwork 6/1/09
Friday, July 17, 2009
There have been debates about technology for a long time. I recently came across Mike Demler's blog, The World is Analog. Demler attended the IEEE Mobile WiMax Symposium and shared what he learned on his post, "IEEE Mobile WiMax Symposium, Part I". In this post, Demler points out that the concept of the "internet of things" was a reoccuring theme during the symposium, and mentioned that there are many issues related to the future growth of the mobile internet.
Demler makes some good points. Capped data plans didn't work very well during the '90's. Demler gives the example of the old AOL dial-up plans, where people paid by the minute, often running up huge bills in AOL chat rooms. 3G networks lack the capacity to keep up with the growing demand for higher-bandwidth communication. At this time, there is no certain solution, as some predict that WiMax is the wave of the future, and others feel that LTE will be here to stay.
So what is LTE?
A quick look at a Wikipedia entry on the subject doesn't do a very good job of explaining things clearly. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, but what is that, really? It you want to know more about the alphabet soup related to LTE, click on the following links: FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing), TDD (Time Division Duplex), GSM, cdmaOne, W-CDMA (UMTS), 3GPP, PU2RC, MU-MIMO, HSDPA, Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA), QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, MIMO
The Wikipedia entry about LTE comes with the following warning:
What is WiMax?
You can find out more via Wikipedia.
Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM, (3/5/08)
LTE vs WiMAX: The 4G Wireless War
Afzal Bajwa, Technologizer (5/20/09)
10 Things You Need to Know About LTE
Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM, (2/26/09)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Cross posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog:
Danoo: "Location scouting and scalable web technologies combined to create a targeted DOOH experience".
If you are tech-savy and a member of the digital signage/interactive display/AV end of things, you probably know what this means. If not, you should. Things are pairing, merging, and converging in the world of "out and about" technology.
Technology, especially digital signage, is ubiquitous, and has targeted you and your neighborhood.
So what's the fuss? A company from Danoo, from China, is ramping things up in the Digital Signage/DOOH (Digital Out of Home) arena. Fast.
Danoo has rapidly up with exisiting companies, such as National CineMedia, Blue Bite, Electronic Arts, and the HISTORY channel to create and push off-the-desktop and off-the-TV content and interactive user experiences.
Bill Gerba, of Wirespring, and Manolo Almagro, CTO of Show + Tell in NYC (think Times Square digital signage experiences), and others have recently written about this phenomenon, right after Danoo released the following press announcement:
Danoo Inc Announces a Breakthrough in Mobile Content Delivery (7/11/09, Business Wire)
"Danoo partnered with mobile technology company Blue Bite to enable the campaigns, and is actively rolling out its mobile interactivity capability to all of its venues. The first 200 Danoo locations will be live in Los Angeles and New York by July 1st. At full deployment, Danoo will give advertisers the ability to get their content into the hands of more than 200,000 consumers in an average two-week campaign. In addition to content downloads, Danoo offers multiple ways to pair its screens with mobile interactivity to maximize campaign effectiveness, such as SMS call-to-actions, social gaming and mobile application promotion."
"Visitors to Danoo locations viewed video content on Danoo’s digital screens accompanied by an on-screen prompt to download exclusive content such as sneak peeks and ringtones from their Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-enabled devices via the Danoo network."
Here are a few related articles:
How Significant is the Danoo-IdeaCast-National CineMedia Deal?
(7/14/09, Bill Gerba, Wirespring)
A Watershed Moment for DOOH Media
(7/12/09, Bill Collins, Daily DOOH)
Pictures from Danoo's Website:
Danoo's IdeaCast- "Captive TV".
Danoo's technologies have probably crossed my path numerous times, judging from my archive of pictures of displays I've taken while traveling. The TV screen on the treadmill looks just like the one I saw on a treadmill in the fitness center of a Princess cruise ship last year. The picture in the middle looks like it was taken in an airport. The picture on the right is of a system in a coffeehouse. According to information on the Danoo website, the system is interactive and includes "content downloads, social gaming, mobile couponing and more via SMS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi".
Blue Bite's website is worth looking at. It demonstrates their concept very well through animation:
Blue Bite: "Take the Ad With You"
Things are ramping up in my region, too.
T1 Tapas, a restaurant north of Charlotte, N.C., in the Birkdale Village in Huntersville, has majority owners with a technology background. Mike Feldman and Jim Morris started up Digital Optics Corporation, which focused on optics for computers and imaging, and after they sold their company, they teamed up with Denise Feldman to establish their company.
T 1 Connection Booth with Multi-User Touch Screen, HD TV, Sound System, Computer, & more:
"T1 Connection Booth seating gives you access to music, photos, and videos through built-in touchscreen tabletops, brilliant monitors, speakers, and computers." -Picture and taken from the T 1 Tapas website
The restaraunt serves as a test bed for T 1 Visions to try out their software and hardware designed to enhance the digitally connected dining experience. The restaurant was featured in May of this year on CNN:
Here is the link to the video: "High Tech Tapas"
Pervasive Computing, DOOH, Intelligent Buildings, Programmable Nano-based Sensors, Privacy & Security, & Ethics...hmmm
Through my coursework and readings, I've become more aware of issues that we face in the future regarding the use of intelligent agents within the applications and related technologies that are cropping up in public spaces. Most people who pass by digital displays in retail settings don't know that quite a bit of information can be gathered about them, without their knowledge or permission, via camera-enabled technology, embedded in the displays around them.
These issues have been percolating for quite some time. Most recently, a company from China, Danoo, has partnered with Blue Bite, to use location scouting and scalable web technologies to provided very specific marketing content to people as they are out and about. To participate in this process, detailed metrics regarding the user/customer is required. Although I assume this information is used for marketing purposes only, the data generated by this system, over time, would generate quite a bit of fodder for someone who was interested in using this information for ill-intended purposes.
From what I can tell, this is a topic that is not on the radar of the mainstream population. I'm concerned that we don't have a forum for sharing information and gathering input from the general public about this matter.
Perhaps there is some hope.
Christine Peterson, of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, raises some key issues and important questions that need further discussion in her talk, "Open Source Physical Security: Can we have both?"(pdf), part of the O'Reily Open Source Convention held in 2008. Christine is invovled in the Open Source Sensing initiative, one of the projects of the Foresight Institute.
The following byline and related graphic, taken from the Open Source Sensing website highlights why this is very important:
"Pervasive sensing is arriving soon - we have a short window of opportunity for guiding this technology to protect both our security *and* our privacy."
Christine asks the question, "Who can figure out whether & how to collect public sensing data? She states that we "need a community that understands the relationships between security, privacy, functionality (and) freedom".
Christine points out that governments use a "top-down" approach to a "bottom-up" problem. This process, she defines, is centralized, mandatory, monolithic, limited in participation, secretive, and leads to a "Surveillance State". (Think "1984").
The biggest problem, in my opinion, related to this topic, is that it affects a wide range of sectors that are in the process of converging, and this convergence appears to be market-driven. Intelligent Buildings. Digital Out of Home. Interactive Display Marketing Systems. Mobile Gaming. Location-Based Media. Some of these issues are becoming important areas of concern in academia, particularly with those involved in privacy/security, pervasive computing research, and so forth.
Video of Presentation
Some socio-technical aspects of intelligent buildings and pervasive computing research (pdf)
Vic Callaghan, Graham Clark, Jeannette Chin of the Digital Lifestyles Centre, University of Essex
Intelligent Buildings International (1)
"In this article we have discussed how embedded intelligent agents might contribute to future directions of intelligent buildings and smart environments, together with raising social consequence of their use. Currently there is an increasing level of debate on ethical issues such as privacy in ICT, particularly with respect to technologies such as identity and loyalty cards, data mining, internet search engines and RFID tags. As computer scientists actively researching the technologies involved, we have sought to extend this discussion into the area of intelligent buildings and smart environments....we have found ourselves dealing with questinos that concern the ethics of specific aspects of intelligent buildings and smart environments together with its potential for being turned from a beneficial technology for both the individual and society into its opposite....These issues are also critical for all those pursuing ambient intelligence projects which intail the widespread deployment of intelligent agents."
Foresight: Open Source Sensing
Open Source Sensing Blog "Maximizing benefits and minimizing downsides of the Sensing Age"
The video explains it all.
The video is from the Nokia Conversations YouTube channel.
(Fritz Desir, thanks for the link!)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Both Sony Ericsson and HTC have built upon Google's Android build to create new "user experiences" for mobile phones.
Sony Ericsson Rachael UI Video:
"Sony Ericsson "Rachael" Android XPERIA handset unveiled?"
(Paul Miller, engadget, 7/4/09)
Sony Ericsson's Android Rachael UI Makes Me Want to Ditch My iPhone
(Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo, 9/8/09)
"Make it Mine, Stay Close, Discover the Unexpected!" Personalization with HTC Hero Touch-enabled Smart Phone"
HTC recently launched the HTC Hero. I haven't had a chance to touch one, but it looks interesting enough to make a trip to my local mobile phone service provider and see how it works.
"HTC Hero launch event video featuring HTC Sense™ - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected." -HTC
The two video clips below explain the rationale behind the HTC Hero and why the company thinks it is an important innovation:
A few quotes from the video:
"It begins with listening and observing people as they use their phone..."
"...there has been a fundamental shift in people's phone expectations..."
"People want to stay close with the important people in their lives, and have online information...Voice is key, but no longer enough...The SmartPhone is the New Phone, people no longer expect their Internet to be at their desks anymore. They expect it everywhere they are. The Internet is becoming the fundamental of the mobile phone. Access to web browsing, streaming media, and connected applications has taken off, and this is where Smartphone really excels. People really appreciate the experience..."
HERO UI Introduction:
HTC Debuts Hero, With Fresh Face for Android
(John Herman, Gizmodo, 6/24/09)
Google Android Info
"Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications that run on Android-powered devices."
Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.