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August 28, 2010

Mtg: What Music is Original in the Digital Age?

by @ 8:06 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

TUESDAY October 19, 2010
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Judith Finell, Judith Finell Musicservices, Inc.
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Contemporary technology has transformed many processes related to music, including its composition, digitization, usage, distribution, and protection. Digital recording technology enables musicians to (more…)

Mtg: California Emerging Technology Fund

by @ 7:42 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY September 21, 2010
SF Communications Chapter
Speaker: Susan E. Walters, California Emerging Technology Fund
Time: Lasagne and salad dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave (use Golden Gate entrance), San Francisco
RSVP: my email to

California Emerging Technology Fund will present an overview of its background, strategic focus, current activities and accomplishments in closing the Digital Divide in a way that makes California (more…)

mtg: Information Storage: Foundation for Advancing Education

by @ 7:31 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering

WEDNESDAY September 15, 2010
SCV Education Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Steven R. Hetzler, IBM Fellow, Manager Storage Architecture Research
Time: Networking & food at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: see website

The pace of technology advancement in recent years is a wonder to behold. Examples abound in wireless communications, computing, biotech and data storage. It wasnâ??t that long ago that a GB was a massive amount of data storage. As astounding as these changes have been, we have come to expect faster gains in the future. Continuing self-education will likely be required for engineers and business leaders to remain competitive. This will make teaching students how to learn of the most valuable products of the education system. Even non science graduates will need to know how to identify problems, and separate facts from the assumptions.
Examples from my career will be used to examine this hypothesis. A particularly poignant example arises from my recent work on Chasm Analysis, which I created as a method for identifying the market potential for storage technologies, by examining the foundations from an economic perspective. The key insight comes from identifying an incorrect assumption made by technologists since the 1960s. It has proven quite useful in forecasting the future of solid state storage in the Information Technology (IT) space.? ? It also provides support for the need to employ the scientific method to the business of technology, and the need to continually reeducate oneâ??s self.

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