Show of 6-22-2002

  • Tech Talk Guest Appearance
    • Dr. Arden Bement
      • Director, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
      • Purdue University faculty (92-2001); Science and Technology VP, TRW (80-92); Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for R&D (79-80); Director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (76-79); Nuclear Materials Professor, MIT (70-76); Scientist, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (65-70); Senior Research Associate, GE (1954-65)
    • National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)
      • What is Nanotechnology?
        • Nano means one billionth (1/1,000,000,000)
        • For reference the human hair is 100,000 nanometers in diameter
        • Nanotechnology is looking for devices in the 1 to 100 nanometer range.
        • Such devices that are on the order on a few atoms or molecules large
      • According to NNI website "the emerging fields of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology – the ability to work at the molecular level, atom by atom, to create large structures with fundamentally new properties and functions – are leading to unprecedented understanding and control over the basic building blocks and properties of all natural and man-made things."
      • Applications include high speed electronics, quantum computers, materials with novel properties, new medicines, controlling biological processes including DNA, micro-engines, self-replicative devices, and much more.
      • Breakthoughs in this area will be as significant as the development of the transitior and integrated circuits
      • The NNI Grand Challenges
        • Nanostructured materials "by design" – stronger, lighter, harder, self-repairing, and safer
        • Nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and magnetics
        • Advanced healthcare, therapeutics and diagnostics
        • Nanoscale processes for environmental improvement
        • Efficient energy conversion and storage
        • Microcraft space exploration and industrialization
        • Bio-nanosensors for communicable disease and biological threat detection
        • Application to economical and safe transportation
        • National security
    • NIST Nanotechnology Open House
  • INET 2002, June 18-21
    • Internet Society?s Annual Meeting
    • Culture clash between academia, business, and government
    • Key Issues
      • The Future of the Internet
      • The Collaborative Internet: Can the Commons be saved?
      • Security and Dependability in the Connected World
      • Coordination or Control: The Institutionalization of DNS (most controversial, see ICANN below)
      • Peer-to-Peer
      • Internet Protocol version 6 (IP Technology Summit)
      • e-science and Grid Computing: Hypes and Hopes
      • Global Digital Divide
      • Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • ICANN Outlines its Evolution
    • ICANN’s Blueprint for Reform
    • Vague about elections
    • Congress is getting involved
    • Department of Commerce may have to act
    • For background info, read Ruling the Root (ISBN: 0262134128) by Milton Mueller
  • Wireless Technologies Challenge Conventional Telco
    • Smart Antenna for high capacity cells
    • Mesh networks using Wi-Fi
    • Ad-hoc networks for ?local? cell phone (possibly use of UWB)
  • The Sixth Annual Webby Awards
    • The award represents the "best Web sites in 30 categories as selected by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the People’s Voice Voting."
    • A fun collection of sites.
    • Heavy emphasis on entertainment and fads
    • Some sites very educational, but not as good as the Scientific American web award winners
  • Virus Update
  • Mailbag
    • Wireless Surround Sound, IP Telephony, and Broadband options
  • Stratford News
    • Next Start: July 1, 2002