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Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(22)

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For this installment of Brown Bag at the Movies we will be viewing (abstract below):

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CEP COMMENT:  

Avi Rubin – All Your Devices Can Be Hacked
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=metkEeZvHTg>
16:51
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011.

BIO

“Avi Rubin <http://avirubin.com> is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi’s primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event.”

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Duncan Watts – The Myth of Common Sense
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9XF0QOzWM0&feature=relmfu>
15:15
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011.

BIO

“Duncan Watts <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_J._Watts> is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was a full professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and Nuffield College, Oxford. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals.”

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Dag Hinrichs – The Zombie–Visionary War and Beyond
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEKWXF3xTBI&feature=relmfu>
20:18
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxDanubia 2011.

BIO

“Dag Hinrichs <http://daghinrichs.com/> has a background in sales, marketing, and corporate strategy, giving him 20 years of Business Development experience. He started his career with 10 years in advertising working for some of the most successful brands in the world. He then co-founded Good Company, a sustainability consulting firm, where he was a principal for 5 years. In 2006 Dag joined Vestas Wind Systems, where he eventually served as the Global Director of Strategic Planning for Marketing, and was most recently Head of Global Commercial Innovation. Dag is now consulting, helping small and large firms with their growth strategy.”

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CEP COMMENT:  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_Internet>

Vint Cerf – Interplanetary Internet
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTmYm3gMYOQ&feature=autoplay&list=SP361864CED88888C5&lf=list_related&playnext=2>
8:50
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011.

BIO

“Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vinton G. Cerf <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf> is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services.”

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OTHER NEWS:  Nice report on personal 3D printing: Factory@Home <http://web.mae.cornell.edu/lipson/FactoryAtHome.pdf>.
Here are some Personal Manufacturing Resources <http://www.nesta.org.uk/assets/features/personal_manufacturing>.
TED: Robots that are “self-aware” <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMkHYE9-R0A>

FUTURE CANDIDATES  /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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Jay Parkinson – Rethinking Healthcare
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5GcEiLGSRQ&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP361864CED88888C5>
15:44
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011.

BIO

“Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH <http://jayparkinsonmd.com/> is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a masters in public health from Johns Hopkins. He’s been called “The Doctor of the Future” and one of the “Top Ten Most Creative People in Healthcare” by Fast Company. Esquire Magazine included him in 2009’s “Best and Brightest: Radicals and Rebels Who Are Changing the World” “

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Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration
<http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html>
16:40
ABSTRACT

“After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately — all for free.

BIO

Luis von Ahn: Computer scientist
“Luis von Ahn builds systems that combine humans and computers to solve large-scale problems that neither can solve alone.

“Why you should listen to him: Louis von Ahn is an associate professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and he’s at the forefront of the crowdsourcing craze. His work takes advantage of the evergrowing Web-connected population to acheive collaboration in unprecedented numbers. His projects aim to leverage the crowd for human good. His company reCAPTCHA, sold to Google in 2009, digitizes human knowledge (books), one word at a time. His new project is Duolingo, which aims to get 100 million people translating the Web in every major language.

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CEP COMMENT:  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_computation>

Ágoston Eiben – Tech Kangaroos: Evolution at Work
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJX_wAKhg8A&feature=relmfu>
17:29
ABSTRACT

Presentation given at TEDxDanubia 2011.

BIO

“Ágoston Eiben <http://www.cs.vu.nl/~gusz/> is one of the European early birds of Evolutionary Computing. Eiben’s principal research themes include parameter adaptation and control, including self-optimizing features; distributed evolution in Artificial Life, swarm robotics, adaptive multi-agent systems and their relationship with p2p and autonomic computing systems.”

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DEFCON 19: Vulnerabilities of Wireless Water Meter Networks,
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GozDUTQvNsU&feature=player_embedded>
47:07
ABSTRACT

Speaker: John McNabb Researcher

Why research wireless water meters? Because they are a potential security hole in a critical infrastructure, which can lead to a potential leakage of private information, and create the potential to steal water by lowering water bills? It’s a technology that’s all around us but seems to too mundane to think about. Because a hacker can’t resist exploring technology to see how it works and how to break it, because they are there? In this talk the speaker, who managed a small water system for 13 years, will first present an overview of drinking water security, review reported water system security incidents and the state of drinking water security over the past year, and will then take a deep dive into the hardware, software, topology, and vulnerabilities of wireless water meter networks and how to sniff wireless water meter signals.

For more information visit: <http://bit.ly/defcon19_information>
To download the video visit: <http://bit.ly/defcon19_videos>
Playlist Defcon 19: <http://bit.ly/defcon19_playlist> ,

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CEP COMMENT:  

Ruxcon 2011: Hacking the wireless world with Software Defined Radio
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn-dpUegUDQ&feature=player_embedded>
53:34
ABSTRACT

<http://spench.net/> @spenchdotnet [Note: TOC (time links) below!]
<http://twitter.com/spenchdotnet>

00:00 – 01:23 Intro
01:23 – 06:34 RFMap (<http://maps.spench.net/rf/>)
06:34 – 11:37 Pagers
11:37 – … Modez
23:26 AvMap in 2D & 3D
… – 32:36 Modez
32:36 – 45:30 Satellite Communications
45:30 – 48:23 Gedanken
48:23 – End. Questions & Live demo

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Leon Cooper: Superconductivity & Other Insoluble Problems
<http://fora.tv/2011/11/14/Leon_Cooper_Superconductivity__Other_Insoluble_Problems#fullprogram>
1:13:32
ABSTRACT

A talk by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon N. Cooper

“When an ordinary metal is cooled to very low temperatures — near absolute zero — its electrical resistance vanishes. Once a current starts to flow in a loop of such “superconducting” wire, it flows forever. Discovered in 1911, this remarkable phenomenon defied explanation for nearly fifty years, until the work of John Bardeen, Leon Cooper and J. Robert Schrieffer. Today, superconductivity is still a central topic in scientific research and in the search for new technologies, while the “BCS” theory has had implications for our understanding of systems ranging from the atomic nucleus to the behavior of massive stars. To celebrate the centennial of the original discovery, we are delighted to welcome Professor Cooper, who will reflect on the history of superconductivity and on the nature of scientific explanation.

BIO

Leon Cooper
“Leon Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr., Professor of Science at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Neural Science. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the theory of superconductivity.

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Get your stuff made – Tokyo open hardware presentation
<http://dangerousprototypes.com/>
9:20
ABSTRACT

Here’s a video of our presentation about manufacturing open hardware at Make Tokyo Meeting. You can download the slides here.
 
This is a highly condensed version of the same presentation we gave at the Open Hardware Summit and Homecamp. We cut it down so we could still fit in the allotted time if a Japanese translator was available. We’ll get a better video of the full version at the next conference.
 
Due to demo FAIL, this is in lieu of the Bus Pirate week video planned for today. We’ll be back tomorrow with the conclusion of Bus Pirate week though.

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Written by Chuck Petras

December 1, 2012 at 18:26

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