Meeting DARPA Dan Kaufman at the Computer History Museum

Almost earshot distance from Googleplex and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, the man in charge of information innovation at the Defense Advance Research Projects implored technology researchers to actually make things and publish their failures.

At the Computer History Museum this week, Dan Kaufman discussed the potential and pitfalls of crowdsourcing, the distinction between invention and innovation, and how to stay ahead while businesses are stockpiling intellectual property in preparation for patent wars.

“Everything we do at DARPA moves the impossible to improbable to inevitable,” said Kaufman. “What if you didn’t have to use bombs and instead we gave the military the right tools.”

Following his converations with New York Times science writer John Markoff, Kaufman sat down with me for this interview DARPA Director Calls for Change in the Tech Industry.

Digital Arts Renaissance in the Cloud

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In the final weeks of 2011, I drove to Berkeley to interview the founder and digital artists at McNeil Studio to hear first-hand about their first experience using cloud computing services to create a fast-moving animation based on paper origami designs.

I shot a video and wrote this article for Intel Free PressCloud Computing Democratizes Digital Animation — focusing on the impact of cloud computing — paying for on-demand supercomputer power from datacenters owned by Amazon.  The story also appears in Silicon Valley Watcher.

The idea of sending pieces of a render job out to different computers to crunch was novel and felt somewhat risky, but the results, the speed and the cost all had the McNeil Studio team singing the praises of Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Computing service.

I was also drawn into the actual creative process and how they turned
paper origami figurines into an engaging animated story for my employer,
Intel, which wanted to redesign its consumer technology website with
examples of how people can use their computer to do amazing, dazzling
things in life.

I crack up at the penguin scene.

The final version is at Intel’s Unfold What’s Possible site.

Women in Tech: Meet the Duchess of SIlicon Valley Startups

“Silicon Valley is a place where you can just do anything, but geography matters less” says entrepreneur Marylene Delbourg-Delphis inside Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside, Calif. “With the addition of all sorts of nationalities, far more than anything we saw here 30 years ago, it’s a true melting pot for geographies and times. You have people coming from very different backgrounds with completely different histories. It’s truly phenomenal; here people have been used to inventing and innovation for two generations.”
Below is a link to my profile of Delbourg-Delphis, which was republished by Silicon Valley Watcher.

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Nano-Scaling Chips by Exploring The Boundaries Of The Material Universe

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New Intel Applications Connect Smart Phones, Tablets To PCs

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Up to News Stories in Free Press … The free Pair & Share PC application will be available for download from Intel in October, as will the free Pair & Share mobile applications from the Android Market and Apple iTunes Store.
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Researchers create car that can be steered by thought

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Scientists in Germany have equipped a car with new technology that measures the driver’s brain waves.
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Solar or Light Powered Computer Chip


This is a mind bender, every time I look at this my imagination runs wild. Computer chips have kept up with Moore’s Law and performance has improved year over year for decades, but so has the energy consumption, which has dropped significantly over the years. Would be cool if compute devices could be powered by light, friction from your pocket or finger tapping.

Robotic Orchestra Hits Right Notes for Industrial Control

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The Intel Industrial Computer in Concert is embedded with seven integrated computer systems each powered by an Intel Atom processor.The tech world is rife with conductors, but this one has nothing to do with transmitting heat, electricity or light.
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Fireballs from @IntelLabs – tossing sensors into the blaze to gather intelligence #IDF2011

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Intel’s Sean Maloney: The man who couldn’t speak – Postcards

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Sean Maloney was on his way to being the chipmaker’s next CEO when a stroke crippled his body — and took away his ability to talk. This is the story of how he returned to work (he’s now head of Intel China) — and found his voice again.
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