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  • South Korea’s Defense Tech Priorities
    ROK-US 10 Priorities  Hypersonics  Directed Energy  Command, Control, and Communication Space  Cyber Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Missile Defense Quantum Computing  Microelectronics  Autonomy  19th ROK-UN Joint Conference Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) Hypersonic weapons Space Weapons Biological Weapon
  • Defense Ventures
    Government Frontier Development Lab brings AI engineers to work together from the effects of climate change to predicting space weather, from improving disaster response, to identifying meteorites that could hold the key to the history of our universe. The lab is hosted by the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. Corporate VCs Airbus Ventures – aerospace, cryptocurrency, materials, tough tech Boeing HorizonX – Mobility, AI, IOT, Security Lockheed Ventures Scout Ventures – AR, AI, Drones, Mobility, IoT, Cyber, Enterprise In-Q-Tel – focuses on intelligence community, tough tech investor LunarX – hosted by Google Accelerators Second Front Systems “accelerate delivery … Continue reading “Defense Ventures”
  • Climate Ventures
    Prelude Ventures “is a venture capital firm partnering with entrepreneurs to address climate change. Since 2013, we have invested in over 40 companies across advanced energy, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and advanced computing.” X Prize “has designed and operated seventeen competitions in the domain areas of Space, Oceans, Learning, Health, Energy, Environment, Transportation, Safety, and Robotics. Stanford Climate Ventures is “led by two Precourt Energy Scholars with decades of energy technology, business, and policy expertise…[who] launch plans for high-impact ventures in the context of a new energy development framework.” Here is the latest from … Continue reading “Climate Ventures”
  • Advancing Multilateral Public-Private Partnerships for Biden’s Priorities
    One lesson I had learned witnessing the Trump transition at State was that while policies and programs may not outlast an administration, the work can continue with advancing priorities under shared values, iterating upon what works, and working with the private sector. In the private sector, I witness an incredible array of work by innovators in climate science, aerospace, and defense protecting human lives and achieving security and sustainability agendas through greener, cheaper, lighter, and more efficient technologies. I had an opportunity to work on a program called Engage America – a whole of government initiative to bring policies closer … Continue reading “Advancing Multilateral Public-Private Partnerships for Biden’s Priorities”
  • Coding.
    Coding controls how we live online, and how we live. About a third of 1% of us can write it. Think about what we’re doing right now. You’re probably reading this article. This article itself is – coded, and run on a web browser, which is code, run on a computer which is designed by code. It’s a very exciting time to be living today. Everything we do on the computer, and as we’re generating more data, we’re relying on it to make more decisions for us day by day. Advancements of code can also put lives in danger in … Continue reading “Coding.”
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
    I do want to share how this book was written. The author a well-renowned medical doctor and a global health educator with a well-known TED talk. When he was diagnosed with an incurable pancreatic cancer, he canceled his external engagements and focused on pouring his knowledge into this book. This book is his final gift to the world to make sense of the world around us amidst the noise and to create impact with the knowledge. Every day, We are bombarded with information too general and simplistic. This book was spoken from the author’s voice and was an easy read. … Continue reading “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think”
  • The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
    In stealth mode… Book review is coming soon.
  • The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    I picked up this book in the midst of COVID-19. It helped me rationalize and understand this mark in our better. One day, I will think of this moment as a simple story, simplified, summarized, and elegant, but there are often moments like these with great pangs in our stomachs unsure and unfathomable. As Nassim taught us, we seem to tend to rationalize the events past – that they are fathomable that they somehow made sense. Alas, the occurrence of the market shifting up or down, one country or state falling or another though they lay completely outside of our … Continue reading “The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable”
  • Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy
    Digital Diplomacy is a series of interviews compiled by a public affairs officer at the Italian Embassy. I will never forget the first time I met him. He hosted an all-women panel with the coolest social impact pioneers in DC – Frances Holuba from the Obama White House, Nicole Isaac from LinkedIn and Anastasia Dellaccio of WeWork Creator Awards at the time. I remember this was one of my most favorite events to this day.. This is an important book of our time for many reasons. There are not many books told from the perspective of a public diplomacy practitioner … Continue reading “Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy”
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
    Physics of the Future is one of Michio Kaku’s earlier books of his series of his forecasts of the future. I really enjoyed this book – as he dissects each industry into each layers, he goes in depth into each industry with a rules as a physicist under fundamental laws of physics. As he begins the book, he warns the readers – everything we will read about are projections are the future. The storyboards he envisions is quite extraordinary. From his own experiences and from the tech evolution he witnesses, he shows us the economic and physical possibilities of the … Continue reading “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100”
  • The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World
    Anne-Marie Slaughter was the former Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Office of Secretary at the State Department. She starts off the book by challenging the reader on the traditional notions of statecraft and standard foreign policy procedures, which is mainly in person – holding conferences or convening task forces. This book is a call upon global leaders to respond to differently to the threats today whether you are fighting disinformation, assembling an army against Al-Qaeda, or bringing concerted mayors for climate change. She provides three main frameworks: resilience, task, and scale. She employs theories from psychology, economics, and … Continue reading “The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World”
  • Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
    This book has many accolades from accomplished authors – Daniel Kahneman, the writer of Thinking Fast and Slow, Siddartha Mukherjee, the author of The Emperor All Maladies, and others. Here is one I agreed with the most. “Who knew that one idea could connect naval battles, chirping crickets, and the birth of modern science? If The Da Vinci Code and Freakonomics had a child together, it would be called Loonshots. This book is a must read for anyone in business, education, or public service.” ―Senator Bob Kerrey, Medal of Honor recipient, former Navy SEAL and president of The New School I’m really glad I bought … Continue reading “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries”
  • Collaboration Between Start-Ups and Federal Agencies
    The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is led by its president and founder, Robert D. Atkinson, Washingtonian Magazine has called a “tech titan,” and it is a nonprofit think tank. “Its mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.” It’s august research publication produced recommendations on accelerating “Collaboration Between Start-Ups and Federal Agencies” Collaboration Between Start-Ups and Federal Agencies: A Surprising Solution for Energy Innovation The climate-tech start-ups take more “patient capital,” and this report aims to identify “approaches that help ease barriers faced by climate-tech start-ups can … Continue reading “Collaboration Between Start-Ups and Federal Agencies”
  • Disaster Security: Using Intelligence and Military Planning for Energy and Environmental Risks
    This is a book recommended by a close friend who is also a climate scientist. Chad Briggs and Miriam Matejova takes the audience interested in scenarios, simulations, and disaster planning through different exercises developed under the umbrella of the US Department of Energy and the US Air Force. Militaries often use war games and simulation exercises for scenario planning. These exercises can be very applicable for energy and environmental security scenarios as well. These scenarios present different security challenges and their potential cascading impacts on global systems – from the melting of glaciers in the Andes to hurricanes in New … Continue reading “Disaster Security: Using Intelligence and Military Planning for Energy and Environmental Risks”
  • Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning: the Due Diligence
    “ML can be an invaluable tool both in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in helping society adapt to the effects of climate change. Climate change is a complex problem, for which action takes many forms – from designing smart electrical grids to tracking deforestation in satellite imagery. Many of these actions represent high-impact opportunities for real-world change, as well as being interesting problems for ML research.” A community of researchers including OpenAI, DeepMind, Element AI together has started to explore the role that “machine learning can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. They have published a research agenda, … Continue reading “Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning: the Due Diligence”
  • The 2020 Techstars x Starburst Aerospace Accelerator Cohort
    The accelerator is run over three months and is partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, Israel Aerospace Industries North America, and the U.S. Air Force, with support from The Aerospace Corporation. Bifrost Build AI 10x faster by allowing AI developers to generate simulated datasets.  https://bifrost.ai Holos User-friendly AR/VR software platform that’s revolutionizing education, training, and military command and control. https://holos.io/ Infinite Composites Technologies Infinite Composites Technologies makes the most efficient composite pressure vessels and structures in the universe! http://www.infinitecomposites.com Lux Semiconductors Lux is developing next generation System-on-Foil flexible electronics. http://www.luxsemiconductors.com Natural Intelligence Systems Developer of … Continue reading “The 2020 Techstars x Starburst Aerospace Accelerator Cohort”