Tech Night at Accelerating Change 2005
If you are planning on attending Tech Night, please e-RSVP to Iveta
Tech Night, our Friday evening reception and early registration (with
no-host dinner afterward), will take place on September 16th from 6-9
PM at SAP
Labs in Palo Alto, next door to Xerox PARC and two miles
from Stanford University (Driving
Directions). Follow the signs once you arrive at the front
of the building.
Labs North America
Southern Cross Room
3410 Hillview Avenue Campus
Palo Alto, CA 94304
The companies and organizations listed below will demo technologies in
a casual and interactive setting. Tech Night is a free event for all AC2005
participants and provides a great opportunity to engage with the creators
of some impactful new technologies. SAP Labs is an architecturally innovative
building in a beautiful setting, making it an ideal place for our conference
Light food and drinks will be provided.
At 9pm we will encourage everyone to explore one of downtown
Palo Alto's excellent local restaurants to continue the conversation.
Restaurant choices and maps will be provided. Those staying at the Crowne
Plaza Cabana and Sheraton
Palo Alto may also reconvene there for late night conversation.
Friday Tech Night Exhibitors •
more coming soon (alpha order)
Le will demonstrate the Personal
Awareness Assistant (PAA): Simple AI and Wireless Networking
Combined with Wearable Computing to Supplement the Human Mind.
"What catapults the PAA past a simple recording device is
its ability to respond to particular contexts and situations. For
example, when a user is introduced to someone new, the Assistant
recognizes the phrase, “It’s nice to meet you,”
records the name of the person as she introduces herself and takes
a low-resolution picture. All this takes place without any specific
command from the user.
Once the device captures the data, it automatically categorizes
the information into a pre-designated domain—in this case
a sophisticated address book complete with audio, digital image,
date/time stamp and location. Because the data is stored contextually,
information retrieval is straightforward. A simple inquiry, such
as “Who was that person I met at lunch last Thursday?”
brings up the appropriate information. Using Global Positioning
System (GPS), the Assistant also can determine where the user is
located, such as the office or visiting clients, to further finetune
and categorize a response."
Artificial Development is building CCortex™, a complete 20-billion
neuron simulation of the Human Cortex and peripheral systems, on
a cluster of 500 computers - the largest neural network created
Artificial Development plans to deliver a wide range of commercial
products based on artificial versions of the human brain that will
enhance business relationships globally. Marcos Guillen,
CEO, will be on hand to demo this fascinating new platform.
project of Alan Kay, Julian Lombardi, Marc McCahill, Andreas Raab,
David P. Reed and David A. Smith, Croquet is creating the post browser
Internet. Julian Lombard and David A. Smith
will be on hand to demonstrate progress to date. What if we
were to create a new operating system and user interface? What kinds
of decisions would we make that we might have been unable to even
consider 20 or 30 years ago? Knowing
what we know today, how far could we go? Come
Created by pioneering designer Spot Draves, Electric
Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people
all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac.
When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on
and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to
share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as
"sheep". The result is a collective "android dream",
an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do
Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Anyone watching one of
these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the
keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according
to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock
evolves to please its global audience.
will be on hand to demo and discuss his future plans for this organic
Evolution Robotics focuses much of its R&D in the area of computer
vision because of the potential it offers for current and future
product developments. Vision is a versatile capability useful for
many tasks including, but not limited to autonomous navigation,
object recognition and human-robot interaction. In addition, camera
technologies have become a commodity thanks to the widespread application
of webcams, digital cameras, and cell-phone cameras. The main challenge
with vision is to develop algorithms that reliably and efficiently
solve a problem in realistic settings, with limited computing power.
Evolution Robotics ViPR™
(visual pattern recognition) technology provides a reliable and
robust vision solution that truly gives electronic devices the ability
to detect and recognize complex visual patterns - in effect, to
Members of the Google Earth
and Google Desktop teams
(including Google Desktop product manager, Nikhil Bhatla)
will be at Tech Night to show off
these powerful new geographical and personal search applications.
From About Google Earth: Want to know more about a specific
location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery,
maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic
information at your fingertips.
•Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and
zoom right in.
•Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving
•Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
•Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your
From About Google
Desktop: Google Desktop doesn't just help you search your
computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web
a new desktop feature that shows you your new email, weather and
stock information, personalized news and RSS/Atom feeds, and more.
Sidebar is personalized automatically, without any manual configuration
required (though you can certainly make your own customizations
if you want to)...
• you could navigate the Web using one
• you could enter your personal data once
and use it on many Web sites?
• you could ensure that your personal information and identity
was controlled by one person — you?
At Identity Commons, we are making this possible by creating the
framework for trusted electronic communications. These tools make
your communications simple and convenient, secure yet verifiable.
Individuals are able to decide just how persistent, portable and
private their online identity is, relationship by relationship;
organizations that support this form of communication will derive
greater value from their customer/member relationships while enhancing
their reputation with customers. Serving as the backbone for this
new technology are data sharing agreements that establish the parameters
for the exchange and use of personal information between users.
IM Smarter® is a new kind of service; it works with whatever
instant messenger you use today and gives you one place to safely
search your chat history, get reminders for important events, and
even update or start a web blog.
We're a very small company out to try and do some good by making
novel, ethical, and genuinely useful improvements to the state of
the art in IM infrastructure. We hope that we can benefit users
and service providers alike by opening up messaging as an easily
extensible platform for relationships between people and services.
We hope to serve hobbyists and big businesses alike, all the while
acting as stalwart defenders of users' privacy.
is dedicated to creating realistic robotic solutions to real-world
AC2005 Attendees Only]. Jot down on
a 3x5" index card
(100 words or less) your answer
to the question
Next in Commercial or Consumer Robotics?" at Tech Night
and at Accelerating Change 2005. The five best new robotics
ideas (subjectively selected by our panel) will each win a Roomba
robotic vacuum cleaner on Sunday afternoon! All responses are freely
given to the public domain and will be sent to iRobot for consideration
after our event. Include your email address if you would like the
option of being contacted later.
London-based project of Frode Hegland in collaboration
with Doug Engelbart, Liquid Information seeks to
augment human intellect, providing a new capability infrastructure
by enhancing what you can do with textual information. "By
"augmenting human intellect" we mean increasing the capability
of a person to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension
to suit their particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems.
... man's problem-solving capability represents possibly the most
important resource possessed by a society." "Augmenting
Doug Engelbart, 1962.
Make a free, password protected wiki as easily as a peanut butter
Reatrix Media is a cool new interactive advertising medium—the
projected display responds to people's movements with realistic
ripples or flames, morphing objects, games to play and more.
Bell, Chief Scientist and Founder of Reactrix, will
be on hand to demo and discuss the future of this engrossing new
Second Life is a 3D digital online world imagined, created, and
owned by its residents—over 43,000 subscribers and growing.
Note: there will also be a
full-day Second Life Building
the Dream Tutorial earlier in the day at Stanford University.
Only a few of the 40 spaces are still available (RSVP to Jerry
Paffendorf). No previous Second Life experience needed, just
an interest in exploring the growing business, social, and creative
opportunities around open-ended 3D online worlds.
will demonstrate innovative combinations of RFID, mobile and
location-aware technology with the SAP Netweaver platform.
1. 7% of world trade is in counterfeit goods. Pharmaceutical and
Aerospace & Defense are among the impacted industries. Radio
frequency identification (RFID) technology on mobile devices can
localize counterfeited products in the field in real-time and improve
decision making. SAP Research aims to create a secure chain of custody
for critical supplies. The demo will show the multiple uses of this
technology in the supply chain and beyond.
2. A fire doubles in size every minute. Every second saved in a
fire engine's response time can make the difference between life
and death. The SAP Emergency Vehicle Location tracking prototype
is built using off-the-shelf SAP technology and is designed to make
fire, police and emergency medical teams more responsive and efficient.
It is one of the first SAP applications that take advantage of the
WiFi/WiMax networks coming up in various cities around the world.
A test system is currently being tested in 'Digital Community' Corpus
Tactical Iraqi is a computer-based, self-paced, learning program
that in about 80 hours teaches English-speaking people totally unfamiliar
with Iraqi Arabic how to speak enough to accomplish tasks and missions
Tactical Iraqi is ideal for military and civilian personnel who
must rapidly train to accomplish missions that involve interacting
with Iraqis but who are not linguists, don’t already speak
Arabic and don’t have time to take immersive language training
Lewis Johnson, Director of Center
for Advanced Research in Technology for Education (CARTE)
at the Information Sciences Institute at USC, developers of Tactical
Iraqi, will be on hand
to explain the history and future of this educational project.
Technologist Troy Gardner will demonstrate several
of his applications including the Graphion
extension of the popular Lucene search engine, the TouchGraph
LiveJournal Browser (allowing users to visualize and explore
LiveJournal social networks), and the LiveJournal
Viewlet (a Flash client for viewing LJ networks as networks
instead of tabs).
Engelbart, founder of the Bootstrap
Institute and AC2004
speaker, will be a Tech Night guest of honor. It was in 1968 that
Doug led the famous
demo of the first computer mouse, hypertext, shared-screen collaboration,
and other significant contributions to the information age.
Come by the Tech Night reception to socialize with Doug and many of our
Accelerating Change speakers and attendees in a relaxed, informal,
and fun environment.
of Professional Futurists will have representatives on-hand to discuss
their organization and the state of professional long-term foresight strategies.
Founding APF members Peter Bishop and Tom Conger,
along with George Gilder, will be leading our full-day
Consulting Tutorial earlier in the day at the Gates Building at Stanford.
Hope We See You There
Some of Tech Night exhibitors will also demo on Saturday
and/or Sunday at Tressider Union during the conference. But most will
only be available at this our Friday Tech Night Reception, so come join
us if you can!