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Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(10)

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

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Written by Chuck Petras

July 3, 2011 at 18:55

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(9)

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

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Written by Chuck Petras

June 20, 2011 at 21:10

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(8)

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

  • Thomas Goetz: importance of information presentation in healthcare
  • Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral
  • Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity
  • Arthur Benjamin’s formula for changing math education

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Written by Chuck Petras

June 2, 2011 at 20:31

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(7)

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

  • Sticky Tape X-rays
  • BioCurious: The Bay Area Biology Collaborative Lab Space
  • Natural History of Danger

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 13:03

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(6)

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

  • VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden
  • Dr. NakaMats: Patently Strange: The World’s Most Prolific Inventor
  • The Art of Innovation from the Hacker’s Perspective
  • Did you know

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 12:42

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(5)

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

  • Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization
  • Google’s driverless car
  • Phil McKinney: Hacking the Future
  • DIY Drones with Chris Anderson

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 12:24

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(4)

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

Topics on the smart grid…

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So lets see how the orcs and trolls are massing to control this sea change in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and use.

[We are now seeing the transition from dedicated analog appliances to general purpose digital, where an edge device will transition the analog signals into the digital domain to allow commoditized computation platforms to do the system protection and control.  Commoditization will drive costs down and integration will increase due to simplified scaling.]

{We can divide our [partial] list of players into nontraditional and traditional competition. Probably the one over riding characteristic of the nontraditionalist’s is their use of standards to accomplish commoditization, scaling, and depress prices.}

Nontraditional

Traditional

Other

For fun…

Have we now come to the point that we’ve duplicated Archytas of Tarentum’s ancient automated bird?

Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 12:06

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(3)

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

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 11:35

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(2)

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

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 09:38

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(1)

At the office — to while away my lunch hour (since I can’t go home for lunch) — I’ve started viewing compelling videos I find around the internet.  I got a conference room with a projector and invited anyone around to come watch.  I do this every couple of weeks.

This was my invitation:

In the spirit of “It is always good to see how someone else cooks in there kitchen” I’m reserving a conference room for every other Tuesday during lunch to view videos on interesting technical topics.

On YouTube, Google has been hosting their internal TechTalks which present subject matter experts talking about their work. Another conference that presents compelling ideas is TED. If you know of any videos that we’d find interesting/educational let me know and we’ll work them in! If you know someone that’s doing something interesting/educational/compelling let me know and maybe we can get them in to start our own TeckTalk series.

I kicked off this series with Meaningful Innovation: Whether to Design or Evolve? (below).  See my page Future Candidates for additional video recommendations.

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Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 09:15