Tahsin’s Reading List (Books): Computer & Software Industry

Evolution of Computers & Computing

Quantum Information

Internet & Web

Computer Firms

Artificial Intelligence

Big Data

Work & Automation

Physical Computing / Internet of Things / Ubiquitous Computing

Digital Medicine / Healthcare IT

Educational Technology / Computers in Education


America In Realization [04.02.15]


Business & Economy: Wall Street (Finance)

“Funds managing billions hunt for investment clues in newswires, weather, Twitter.

In SoHo offices where robots occasionally ply the hallways, dozens of Ph.D. scientists with degrees in fields like astrophysics, immunology and linguistics huddle every day around computer screens that show billions of dollars zapping around the world. Their goal: to give their secretive hedge-fund firm a leg up in investing the $24 billion it has under management.

In a room called the “Hacker’s Lab” where staff work on side projects, a researcher prints out an ergonomic keyboard on a 3-D printer while another teaches a Robot to play air hockey. A Robot from the lab occasionally plays shuffleboard in hallways.”

[ #PhysicalComputing influence at Work]  #FinanceAndBanking  #ComputationalFinance  #FinancialEngineering


A New breed of Wall Street “Quants” – They are “Makers”!

New breed of Wall Street "Quants" - They are "Makers"

New breed of Wall Street “Quants” – They are “Makers”!

Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation: IoT, Microsoft & More


Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation: IoT, Microsoft & More

Drug Development #Medicine #BioEngineering


A Collection Of Reports From World Economic Forum


World Economic Forum: Reports

Industrial Internet of Things: Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services


The Future of Electricity: Attracting investment to build tomorrow’s electricity sector


The Business of Creativity: Seeking Value in the Digital Content Ecosystem


Global Risks 2015 10th Edition


The Future of Manufacturing: Driving Capabilities, Enabling Investments


Scenarios for Ukraine: Reforming institutions, strengthening the Economy after the crisis


Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014

“Digital Sports” & Sports Science : At My Ventures

Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me):

“Digital Sports & Sports Science”

What does the not-so-distant future of Sports look like? Have a look!


“Digital Sports & Sports Science” : At My Ventures  

#DigitalSports  #PhysicalDigital


Applications Areas

1. Mechanical Systems, Robotic Player, Simulator


Batting against a Machine that throws a ball with adjustable speed and spin / swing

3D video of bowler running towards the batsman and the machine throws the ball from a hole – feels like a real match; sound of crowds cheering

Table Tennis




People playing not video games, rather with a Robot in the real world. More realistic than “Kinect”-like experience.


2. Big Data Analytics Applied to Sports

Player Analysis, Match Analysis Software


Finding weakness of a batsman from database of description of every ball he faced and the strokes offered.

Computer Vision

Machine Learning, Statistics, Big Data

Soccer: Match Analysis

Machine learning & Statistical Analysis, Image Processing, Computer Vision (e.g., finding weakness of a batsman in cricket)

Application of Data Science / Visualization techniques to Team play Analysis (e.g., Soccer).

New “Abstractions” to name and describe various elements of “Play”.

New “Abstractions” to name and describe various “Strategies”.

Sensors for feedback, performance analysis (e.g., in Tennis, Golf, etc.)


3. “Athletic Skill” Acquisition: Motor Learning

Enumerating all the “Athletic skills” to play at “Expert” level or for a specific move, helping others learn those skills (making the skills automatic – so that players can perform them without thinking). Systematic acquisition of skills.

Learning a specific Athletic skill:

Biomechanics. Image processing. Use of “Sensors”.

How close to learning the skill? Feedback from Biomechanical Images – Movement of Muscle and bone (e.g. while learning the skill of “Serving” in Tennis).

Sports Psychology. Flow State. Optimum performance. Stress Management. Resilience. Visualization.


4. Neural representations of over-lapping “Motor skills”

Hierarchical representation of Motor Skills in our brain.

Low level Motor skills (unconscious processes).

High level motor skills, each skill consisting of several “low level Motor skills”

(People learn these High Level skills consciously, but they become “unconscious process” with time. Do you remember the time when you started learning Cycling or Swimming? You were conscious that you were learning those “Skills”. But those skills became “automatic” with time. You no longer have to swim “by thinking how to swim”!)

Researchers working on Neural Representations of Motor Learning / Motor Skills

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [02.16.15]

Sony : Digital Car  #DigitalCar

After Apple, now it’s Sony!

“Sony, the electronics giant, is teaming up with Japanese robotics company ZMP to develop self-driving automobiles

Sony’s strength in image sensors, used in digital cameras, could translate to self-driving vehicles.”

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [02.15.15]

Apple : Apple Car – “The iCar” ?  #21stCenturyRenaissance  #DigitalCar

“IPhone Maker Has 100s Working on Design of a Minivan Like Vehicle”


Apple : Apple Search Engine   #21stCenturyRenaissance

How to create “The Next Silicon Valley” [A vibrant Tech & Entrepreneurial Hub]  #21stCenturyRenaissance

Physical Digital Retail   #PhysicalDigitalRetail  #21stCenturyRenaissance


A brief overview of the nature of Physical Digital Retail  #21stCenturyRenaissance

Retail has become a blur – with Physical Stores and Online Retail (together with Mobile) – each approaching the other to create something new – Physical Digital Retail.

Target, Macy‘s and Walmart, the Physical Stores, are focusing on

  • Online Retail and
  • In-store Mobile Tracking & Commerce

while Amazon and Google, the online giants, are investing in

  • “Same-day delivery Services” (the “instant gratification” factor – that only Physical Stores could offer in the past).


“In-store” Intelligent interfaces that interact with customers are beginning to make their appearances in Physical Stores.

Big Data and Analytical Tools will get popular among Physical Retailers for tasks such as

  • Sales pattern investigation
  • Supply chain management (SCM)
  • Product placement in Stores (utilizing methods such as Market basket Analysis).


Physical Digital Retail” is big!


Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me):

Physical Digital Retail : What does the future of Retail look like?

The Beginnings Of A Renaissance In The 21st Century

The Beginnings Of A Renaissance In The 21st Century  #21stCenturyRenaissance


A Renaissance in Scientific and Engineering Innovation has quietly started in 2014 – mostly inside the walls of Large Corporate Houses.

People will begin to notice its impact within a year or so – when novel innovations from Corporations really start affecting our day to day lives and people begin to write and talk about those innovations widely.

My ideas and my writings are inspiration to this 21st Century Renaissance. My capacity to challenge the best Companies on the planet is the driving force.


Software & IT Corporations

Software & IT Corporations – Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon – all have renewed their focus on innovation.

We have already seen several new products.


Google bought lots of Companies (from “Robotics” & “Smart Home” Companies to “Artificial Intelligence” & “AeroSpace” Corporations) – belonging to areas which people thought Google would never venture into.

Microsoft brought Microsoft band, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows 10 and brought about changes to its corporate structure and company culture.

Facebook bought Oculus Rift and increased budget allocation for research and innovation (even if by compromising short term revenues – according to Zuckerberg).

We have already seen novel innovative products from Amazon and HP (including a Physical Digital Computer – “HP Sprout” [4] ).

And Apple, the consumer Electronics Company, has started working on a new Digital Car ( #DigitalCar ) – that is Self Driving [5] and Electric [6] and a new Search Engine [7].


Auto Companies

Auto Companies have renewed their efforts on innovation and research.

And It’s not just American Auto Corporations. German and Japanese Auto Corporations are equally excited by innovation possibilities!

We witnessed their efforts and had a glimpse of our future cars in CES 2015.

German automaker Mercedes-Benz showcased their “Concept Car” [3] – which is pretty far from “Cars” as we know them today!

Japanese automaker Toyota unveiled almost 6000 patents concerning “Fuel Cell Technology” to the world – furthering opportunities for research and innovation for people all over the world in CES 2015 [2].


Physical Digital Computing

And in the mean time – several new areas of innovation are taking shape – (from Digital Manufacturing and “Wearables” to Smart Home and Physical Digital Retail) – all of which fall under the broad area “Physical Digital Computing”.


Innovations will accelerate by several magnitudes as soon as I start working on Engineering & Scientific Innovations : At My Ventures [1].


Welcome to the 21st Century Renaissance!

Welcome to a new World – a world far better than the world we used to live in!

Welcome to World Version 2!


Articles By Me:



  1. Engineering & Scientific Innovations : At My Ventures [TahsinVersion2.com]
  2. Toyota “Fuel Cell” Patents – CES 2015: Toyota opens up almost 6000 hydrogen patents [BBC]
  3. Mercedes-Benz concept car – Mercedes-Benz unveils connected, self-driving concept car at CES 2015 [CNET]
  4. HP Sprout: Computer Reimagined HP Sprout: is this the future of desktop computing? [The Telegraph]
  5. Apple Car: Self driving Apple studies self-driving car, auto industry source says [Reuters]
  6. Apple Car: Electric – Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars [WSJ]
  7. Apple : Search Engine Apple working on its own search engine [IBN Live]



Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me): 

Leonardo da Vinci : The Greatest Polymath & The Central Figure of European Renaissance


Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me):

Digital Car : What does your future Car look like?

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [02.10.15]

Physical Digital Computing   Internet Of Things (IOT) 

A $35 Windows PC to try out your inventive & creative potentials:



Digital Car: Product & Service Innovation At My Ventures

Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me):  Digital Car




What does your future Car look like?


Electric / Hybrid / Fuel-cell  

[Electric Digital Car; Hybrid Digital Car]

Plus: Fuel Efficiency Add-on.

Autonomous / Semi-autonomous

Sensors – On-board Data Analytics

Collision Detection


Malfunction Detection

Connected (IoT)

Connected to Intelligent Highway (Real time Traffick monitoring); Connected to other vehicles. Less accidents.

Digital Platform & Apps

New User Interface (UI)  [Not Traditional “Steering wheels” and “Gears” and “Speed Readers”, rather New set of “Controls”]

Manufacturing of Cars

Digital Manufacturing: Robots, Automation and Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

New Materials.

3D Printed (parts) and then assembled.



  1. Your Connected Vehicle Is Arriving (MIT Technology Review)

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [01.24.15]

Social Media


“Users will be able to choose whether or not they want to see translation options for tweets in their account setting.”



Virtual Wireless Service

“Move Likely to Push Rivals to Cut Prices, Improve Speeds”


Gates Foundation

Empowering People   #EmpoweringPeople

“initiative will allow those who want to contribute to making changes in the world the opportunity to hear about how they can contribute by signing up through a new website, GlobalCitizen.org



#PhysicalDigital    #AugmentedReality


Physical Digital Computing


The only Conference dedicated to Physical Digital Computing:



Physical Digital Computing (#PhysicalDigital) & Internet of Things (IoT) dominated this year’s Consumers Electronics Show – CES 2015, which was the bigget CES in recent times.

Smart Home, Wearables, Smart Car, Drones and 3D Printers were the hot topics of interest.


Youtube Playlist (Compiled By Me): Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015    #PhysicalDigital

Smart City: At My Ventures

Youtube Playlist (Compiled by me): Smart City


Smart City: At My Ventures

Smart Infrastructure & Smart Utility  => Efficiency. Maintenance.

Electricity. Water. Road & Transportation.

Smart connected “Systems”

[e.g., Smoke sensors in buildings connected to the Fire department, leading to quicker responses in case of an emergency]

Smart management of City “Resources”

Traffic, Parking, etc.

Large Scale Engineering   #LargeScaleEngineering

Digital Displays

=> Access to “City Services”


Transportation, Metro-train, “On-demand Cars” etc.

=> When City Officials and National Leaders want to allocate budgets for “Smart City”, they look for Technologies that are visible, so that people can instantly identify the City as a “Smart City”.

“Digital Displays” with access to “City Services”, are one of the technologies that can play this role. The Spanish City of Barcelona embodies this concept.

“Digital Displays” in Barcelona ]

Urban Planning

Consulting to “City Governments”   

City Budget Planning

Attracting Businesses

Smart City Services (IT-enabled)

City: Platforms & Services

Engaging and encouraging the Youth and Citizens

to devise solutions to City Problems,

to start new “Services” that make life better for City dwellers.

Starting new Competitions. Introducing Prizes, Awards, Honors.

These would bring “life” to each City; and a sense of “excitement and engagement” among City dwellers.

Opening up “selected” Data-sets to Developers (respecting Individual Privacy):

“Services” built utilizing Data.

Natural Disaster Prediction (& Control)

Disease outbreak Prediction & Control

Traffic Congestion Control

Green Technologies. Sustainable Energy Planning.

High Tech Law Enforcement

with full respect to Citizens’ Privacy.


Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [01.09.15]



Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drone

UAV / Drone Platform


Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [01.07.15]

Physical Digital Computing


“Intel CEO Brian Krzanich offered a glimpse into the company’s vision of the near future with a number of cutting-edge demonstrations including gesture controls, facial recognition security prompts, drones that know how to move around obstacles and a jacket that can help the visually impaired or blind sense what’s around them.

At the heart of many of the demonstrations was Intel’s RealSense 3D, the company’s depth-sensing camera technology.

Intel also made another push for wearables with Curie, a button-sized chip

2015 is truly a unique year,” Krzanich said. “It‘s the beginning of the next consumer technology wave.”


Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality


Smart Car



Digital Manufacturing




“Instead, new Chrome-like browser codenamed “Spartan” will ship alongside IE11.”

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [01.06.15]

Physical Digital Computing


“A self-parking car, a plant pot that knows when it needs watering and a tracker for your pet, are just some of the highlights of the world’s biggest gadget show in Las Vegas.”


Smart Car


“four trends for the auto industry’s future:

  • Increasing urbanization, and its constituent clogging of roads;
  • a growing global middle class;
  • air quality, or what you could call a lack thereof in many parts of the world;
  • and finally, changing consumer sentiment, with shifts in the global economy seeing youths, for example, have different buying patterns than their parents.”


Large Scale Engineering



Education: Platforms & Services

Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [01.05.14]

Physical Digital Computing


“ the International Consumer Electronics Show is big. More than 3,500 companies come to show their wares. … attracts more than 150,000 visitors.

This year, the International CES may be energized by a wave of new exhibitors chasing a top trend in consumer electronics: the Internet of Things. The term refers to the concept of a world full of connected devices controlled through a consumer-friendly hub, like a smartphone app.



Wi-Fi-connected ceiling fan controlled by a Nest Learning Thermostat, and automated door locks, light switches and LED bulbs. Under Armour, the sports apparel company that has experimented with smart sports clothing, will exhibit at CES, as will the Girl Scouts of America, which is introducing a new digital app

Apple …  HomeKit development platform

Nexia Home Intelligence connects your smartphone, tablet, or computer with compatible items in your home, such as door locks or a thermostat.

Nexia Home Intelligence connects your smartphone, tablet, or computer with compatible items in your home, such as door locks or a thermostat.

two separate wristbands on display — the Reemo and the Myo — will let their wearers control video games, phones and connected devices in the home using arm waves and gestures.

Tagg’s GPS-enabled pet trackers

Connected workout clothing from Hexoskin

Aesthetics and fashion become a core component. It’s either hanging in my house or I’m wearing it every day.”

home products such as security systems, monitoring cameras, smart TVs and even connected baby monitors.

The antivirus and security company Bitdefender, for example, will show off its just announced Bitdefender box, which plugs into a home network and can protect connected devices from malicious software.


Cars, too, will be increasingly connected at this year’s CES.

At this year’s show, Ford’s new chief executive, Mark Fields, and Dieter Zetsche, the head of Mercedes-Benz, will give keynote addresses that focus on innovation in the auto industry, including advances in making cars smarter and eventually able to drive themselves.


4K TVs, or ultra-high-definition sets, with built-in Internet connections




other major themes at the show would include 3-D printing, games and virtual reality; the headset maker Oculus VR. And he said he expected health and biotech to be big trends, as well.”



“Nest Labs, Wink and Other Household Gadget Makers Vie for Space on Store Shelves”

Smart-home products is one of the hottest topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Smart-home products is one of the hottest topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Smart Retail


“Fashion boutiques are leading the charge to merge connected technology with real-world retail outlets

..retailers are focusing on High Tech over common sense improvements”


Youtube Playlist (Compiled by me): Smart Retail [What does the future of Retail look like?]



Digital Finance


“Tech companies, banks and retailers try to make cash a thing of the past. Apple Pay, a new iPhone 6 feature that allows users to buy goods in physical stores with a wave of the device …

Mobile Commerce in US is expected to rise 35% in 2015”


BioEngineering & Translational Medicine

A Collection Of My Articles: Computer Science At Its Breadth

Computer Science : At Its Breadth

    • CS Area 1: Theory & Algorithms 
    •  Theoretical Computer Science
      • Language, Automata Theory, Computability 
      • Discrete Mathematics
        • Boolean Algebra
      • Computational Complexity Theory  
  • Algorithms [1] [2]
  • Data Structures
    • CS Area 2: Software Engineering
    • Programming Languages [1] [2]
    • Software Engineering 
    • Skills, tools and processes [3] [4] [5] [6] 
    • CS Area 3: Systems
      • Operating Systems
        • Systems Programming
      • Compilers
      • Computer Security
      • Database
        • RBBMS
        • NoSQLs
      • Cloud and Mobile Computing [1] [2]
      • Parallel, Multicore and Concurrent Computing [3]
      • Networked and Distributed Systems [4] [5] [6] [7]
      • Wireless Networks & Mobile Computing
    • CS Area 4: Intelligence & Data Computing
      • Artificial Intelligence [2]
      • Machine Learning [1]
      • Data Science & Analytics. Data Mining. Big Data [10] [17]
      • Statistical Language Processing. Natural Language Processing. Speech Understanding.
      • Computer Vision & Image Processing
      • Robotics
    • CS Area 5: Physical Digital Computing [1] [5]
      • Robotics & Manufacturing [2] [3] [4] [6]
      • Internet Of Things
      • Industrial Internet
      • Smart Home
      • Digital Sports
  • CS Area 6: BioComputing
    • Computational Biology & BioInformatics [2] [3] [4]
    • Systems Biology [1]
    • Healthcare Informatics
  • CS Area 7: Computational Science & Engineering
  • CS Area 8: Interactive Computing
    • Digital Education [1] [2] 
    • Wikinomics [3] [4]
    • Politics 2.0, Government 2.0 


Theory & Algorithms

  1. Organization Of The Study And Application Of Algorithms [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Solving Programming Problems [TahsinVersion2]
  3. Personal Notes On Hard CS Problems
  4. Basic Element Of Novel Computing Hardware
  5. Quora Question: How does one become good at solving algorithm/programming problems? [TahsinVersion2]

Software Engineering

  1. Programming Languages Of My Choice [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Programming Language Paradigms
  3. Java Development Skills
  4. Functional Programming: A Brief Introduction
  5. The Story of Object Oriented Programming
  6. Dependency Injection: Newbie’s Guide
  7. Lures Of Scala [TahsinVersion2]
  8. Personal Notes On Increasing Programmer Productivity
  9. “Real Object Programming”: A New Programming Paradigm
  10. Personal Notes On Wolfram Language
  11. Concurrent Programming Models



  1. Android Development Topics A Developer Needs To Master [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Android Application Architecture
  3. Concurrent Programming Models
  4. The Story Of Computer Networking: Progression From Internet To Web and Cloud
  5. Graphical Representation Of Django Web Framework Components
  6. How Web Search Engines Work
  7. Distributed Data Processing Frameworks


Intelligence & Data Computing

  1. What is Machine Learning? [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Overview of (Artificially) Intelligent Agents
  3. Personal Notes On Intelligence And Data Computing (1) (Big Data 2.0)
  4. Personal Notes On Distributed Data Computing [Unofficial]
  5. Subfields Of Sciences As Inspiration For Machine Learning Algorithms/Paradigms
  6. Personal Notes On Artificial Intelligence [Unofficial]
  7. Personal Notes On Intelligence & Data – 1 [Unofficial]
  8. Machine Learning Algorithms: Brief Introduction
  9. Application Of Data Analytics, Mining, Machine Learning & Network Science To Election Campaign Strategy
  10. Distributed Data Processing Frameworks
  11. Personal Notes On Robotics
  12. Latest From Science, Technology, Medicine & Innovation [12.16.14] [TahsinVersion2]
  13. Latest From Science, Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [11.12.14]
  14. Quora Question: Which Subfields Of The Sciences Have Been Most Fruitful In Inspiring New Machine Learning Algorithms/Paradigms? [TahsinVersion2] 
  15. নাগরিক শক্তির Social Media & Big Data Strategy [TahsinVersion2.com]


Physical Digital Computing
  1. Emerging Area: Physical Digital Integration [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Physical Digital Integration: Cloud Manufacturing & Car 2.0
  3. Smart Home With Physical Digital Integration: What The Future Holds [TahsinVersion2]
  4. Could Manufacturing Be The Key To American Lead In Global Economy?
  5. The Science of Reading: Paper versus Screens
  6. On The Future Of Manufacturing: From Scientific American
  7. The Story Behind Physical Digital Computing
  8. Personal Notes On Book 2.0
  9. Personal Notes On Robotics
  10. Personal Notes On Manufacturing [Unofficial]
  11. Personal Notes On 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing [Unofficial]
  12. Personal Notes On Digital Sports – 1 [Unofficial]
  13. Designing Information Interface For The Next 5 Billion
  14. “Things That Think” From Prof. Neil Gershenfeld
  15. Physical Digital Interaction / Experience / Product Designer
  16. Personal Notes On Exponential Technologies [Unofficial]
  17. Personal Notes On Physical Digital Computing – 1 [Unofficial]
  18. Smart Home: Product & Service Innovation At My Ventures [TahsinVersion2]

Compilation of My Articles on “Physical Digital Computing”:


  1. Notes: BioInformatics & Economics [12.11.14] [TahsinVersion2]
  2. A Guideline For Research In Neuroscience [TahsinVersion2]


Computational Science & Engineering

  1. Computer Science As A Tool For Scientific Discovery [TahsinVersion2]

Interactive Computing

  1. Fundamental Shift In Education: A Requirement Of Our Time [TahsinVersion2]
  2. Vision Of “World Wide Education Platform” (WWEP!)
  3. Vision Of Collaborative Research Platform
  4. Wikinomics Platforms And Services
  5. Academic Institutions
    1. MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
    2. School Of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute Of Technology
    3. School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University [Official Site]
    4. Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University [Official Site]
    5. Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine [Official SIte]
    6. Department of Informatics, School of Informatics & Computing, Indiana University Bloomington [Official Site] 
  6. Personal Notes On Politics (1) [Unofficial]  
  7. Personal Notes On Government 2.0 [Unofficial]  
  8. Application Of Data Analytics, Mining, Machine Learning & Network Science To Election Campaign Strategy
  9. Personal Notes On Education [Unofficial] 
  10. Personal Notes On Education & Platforms (3)


  1. প্রোগ্রামিং এ হাতেখড়ি [TahsinVersion2]


Other Articles

Latest From Science, Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [12.24.14]

Education : Platforms & Services

Reinvention of University Education 


  1. Funding Crisis (Student Debt, Rising tuition fees, etc.)
  2. Tech Revolution (MOOCs, Big Data, Education delivered through Computers – Cheaper alternative)
  3. LifeLong Learning Demands in an age of Rapid Technological Progress

Economist Report : Reinvention Of University Education


“Three disruptive waves are threatening to upend established ways of teaching and learning:

  • a funding crisis
  • a technological revolution …  An explosion in online learning, much of it free
  • whereas universities used to educate only a tiny elite, they are now responsible for training and retraining workers throughout their careers” 
    • [Note: Rapid Technological Progress calls for Lifelong Learning].

From TIME Summit On Higher Education 2013

Policy-Makers On Reinvention of University Education

Scientific American & Nature Special Report [2013]: Learning In The Digital Age

Forbes 2014 Philanthropy Summit On Education

Smart Car


This electric car, retrofitted to drive itself, is being tested in Singapore.


“Singapore plans to let anyone test driverless cars in one of its busy neighborhoods in 2015. 

The city-state will open one of its neighborhoods to driverless cars in 2015, with the idea that such vehicles could operate as a kind of jitney service, picking up passengers and taking them to trains or other modes of public transportation.

the government wants to explore whether autonomous vehicles could reduce congestion and remake the city into one built around walking, bicycling, and public transit.”

Dealing With Climate Change:

Case Study: Costa Rica, Brazil & Indonesia


Britain In Realization [12.17.14] : Engineering In Britain


Engineering In Britain

Engineering Education

“The Science Museum is hosting a new engineering exhibition –  aimed at 11-15 year olds opened today and will run for the next three years. Engineer Your Future features a variety of objects and interactive games and was described by a museum spokesperson as “an exhibition about careers that doesn’t feel about careers”.

The exhibition includes a game to design a Mars rover, a 3D printed city onto which a game is projected and challenges to deliver luggage in an airport and run trains on time … advice also available about how to pursue a career in engineering or take up further studies.”

Large Scale Engineering

BBC Theme Park

“The new elevator technology, nicknamed Multi, can go sideways as well as up and down and will begin testing in 2016.
The innovative new elevator uses magnetic levitation (maglev) technology”

Engineering Prizes, Awards, Honors

Tim Berners Lee, Louis Pouzin, Robert Kahn,Vint Cerf and Marc Andreessen have been awarded the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in recognition of their work on the internet and the web.”

Computer Reimagined [Architecture; UI; Materials]

“By 2008, Hawking’s hand was too weak to use the clicker. 

… “cheek switch”. Attached to his glasses, it could detect, via a low infrared beam, when Hawking tensed his cheek muscle. 

By 2011, he managed only about one or two words per minute

designed by Words Plus. It provided him with a keyboard on the screen and a basic word-prediction algorithm. A cursor automatically scanned across the keyboard by row or by column and he could select a character by moving his cheek to stop the cursor.

Hawking now uses an adaptive word predictor from London startup SwiftKey which allows him to select a word after typing a letter, whereas Hawking’s previous system required him to navigate to the bottom of his user interface and select a word from a list.
But He was used to predicting his own word predictor.” 

The new version of Hawking’s user interface includes contextual menus that provide Hawking with various shortcuts to speak, search or email

“The idea is to have a camera pointed at Stephen’s face to pick up not just his cheek movements but other facial movements,” says Wood. “He could move his jaw sideways, up and down, and drive a mouse and even potentially drive his wheelchair.

a joystick that attaches to Hawking’s chin and allows him to navigate his wheelchair independently.”

[I wish I could engineer a better and more suitable User Interface for Dr. Stephen Hawking.]

DIY / Lego / “Automata Set”


Virtual Reality

Digital Manufacturing

Smart Car

Physical Digital Computing /
Internet of Things

“A £1 million government pot has been awarded to seven startups working on internet of things projects to help solve problems facing UK businesses.

Winners include a company working on sensors for digital farms, a compact air quality monitoring system and a project using data to make cycling safer in towns and cities. The seven companies are all based in either London or Cambridge and will share the £1m grant provided by the government-funded Innovate UK programme.”


Academia – Industry Collaboration

The new UCL East campus will focus on technology and engineering

“University College London (UCL) is to build a huge campus on the Olympic Park in a bid to inspire research in technology and engineering.

… the university says it will forge “new connections” between researchers and businesses while creating a space for “radical innovation, new insights and new industries” in the UK.”

[Next: A “Silicon Valley” – “kind of” Tech & Entrepreneurial Hub – somewhere near London!]

High Speed Internet for All


“the company is taking a novel approach towards overcoming the usual need for cables. It is doing this by wirelessly connecting small mobile antennas to suitable macro sites.

The technology has already been tested in the village of Sebergham in Cumbria. All 129 households and small businesses within the village can now receive data and voice connectivity thanks to just three meshed antennas that have been installed across the town.”

BioEngineering & Translational Medicine

“The £125 spit test kit is not a diagnostic test, but instead identifies genes that are associated with inherited conditions including cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle cell anaemia.” 


Smart City

City of Dundee

“The title recognises the design innovations Dundee has contributed to the world, including aspirin, biomedical research which has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including the Beano and Dandy, orange marmalade, and video games including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto. 

The city’s waterfront is also undergoing a 30-year, £1bn regeneration project including the V&A Dundee museum of design.”

“In order to kick-start its smart-city programme, the government ran a competition last year and the winner, Glasgow, was given £24m to spend on smart technologies.

Some of the money (in Glasgow) may go on using big data … energy efficiency … solve crime …  intelligent lighting” 


Bristol won the £3m runner-up prize 

Bristol plans, to open up a wealth of government data that can be turned into useful apps and services.”

City of Bristol