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In the Works – Potential Topics

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We'd like your thoughts on these and other topics you are interested in seeing or maybe presenting. Send your thoughts via email to or contact John Rudy, Peter Albin, Bob Primak, or Steve Isenberg directly – Thank you.
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Note – numbering is for reference only and it has no other meaning. Numbers were assigned in the order topics were added to the list.

  1. Women in Science, Scientists in Other Cultures (Charlie ask Dan for suggestions; GeorgeG to ask CAAL; Someone should ask Indian Association for speaker possibilities) (Need contact with Black Americans – Harry to search). (Peter will fup)
  2. Advances in Surgery (interesting but need speaker); past, present, future. George Gamota to talk with Dan Klepner or George to fup with Barbara Hughey (Dan Kleppner knows her)
  3. Weather Models. (Need speaker; Bill Quinn will research. Look at Nobel prize for physics 2021 as it's based on weather). Need to find a speaker, topic is interesting. Maybe some videos from NWS (BillQuinn) Maybe reach out to PR contact at NWS Boston.
  4. Shelly Lowenthal: Total Commander, Irfanview (Hold till see Allan's talk 3/2/22; BobP has contacted him)
  5. Past predictions of future technology. What happened, what didn't. (Needs research)
  6. Essential utility software, Windows & MacOS. Recommendations LCTG members can make?
    1. Browsers
    2. Antivirus, surfing protection
    3. Unloading unwanted applications
    4. Which applications are unnecessary and why
    5. Password generator/manager app
    6. Basics: Excel, Word, PowerPoint (or LibreOffice equivalent)
    7. Aside from the standard document/spreadsheet/presentation tools we all use, I (Jerry Harris jerryharri) can demonstrate at a Potpourri session my usage of the following non-standard business tools, if anyone is interested:
      • Airtable - a low-code system for organizing information and business workflows
      • Obsidian - this is a Markdown-based knowledgebase system for research and writing - I can demonstrate how I'm using this for my Crypto/Web3 talk in June
    8. Things you should do to “clean up” your system on a periodic basis. Peter Drew
  7. Update on Black Holes (suggested by George Gamota; no speaker yet) (Ted Kochanski is looking for a video) (George Gamota may know of person who can talk on the topic)
  8. Back to the Future: Looking at predictions made in the past. (John Rudy)
  9. Apple, where are they with their product technology, M1 technology whatsit (tentative topic) (Steve to check if Josh can speak)
  10. Network Attached Storage (Harry) (part of Potpourri 7/13/2022)
  11. Storage in the Cloud (Harry) (part of Potpourri 7/13/2022)
  12. Middle East Archeology (Jeffrey Rose) (JohnR)
  13. Nuclear Power Generation - Recent Developments (David Kahan)
  14. Quantum Computers, relating to recent discovers/accomplishments (eg 9000 years in 36 microseconds)
  15. The Technology of the Ukraine War: Drones, missiles and guidance systems, electronic warfare, etc
  16. NAS, Cloud Storage (Potpourri topics, maybe?)
  17. Update on the black hole on the center of the universe (Kochanski has video?)
  18. Technology of pixels, art, music, and cryptography; steganography
  19. Growth of nuclear energy as a power source (David Kahan) The growth and maturity of nuclear energy as a power source in the 70s to the more safe and broad engineering profession it is today through the management of the Department of Energy (DOE). Will also briefly discuss Three Mile Island and its future ramifications.
  20. The Technology used with Moderna (Harry to approach LHS Grad Brandeis, MD, now at Penn)

Video Possibilities

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  1. Why Craters are Round (Neil deGrasse Tyso explains; need to turn out the “comedian”) [~14min]
  2. Other Mark Rober youtube videos (he did Squirrel vid)
  3. Feynman: Fun to Imagine [67m] - Start with Magnets, 14:55. Also at link, lower resolution
  4. How James Webb Telescope Orbits Nothing [15m] (LarryW recommended)
  5. World Record Domino Robot (16m) 100,000 dominoes in 24 hours (John Rudy)
  6. Electrons do NOT spin (18m) (Steve Isenberg/not viewed)
    “Electron spin explained: Imagine a ball that is rotating, except it's not a ball and it's not rotating.” and “I perfectly understood everything until the first sentence.”
  7. How Electron Spin Makes Matter Possible (20m) (Steve Isenberg/not viewed)
    Same guy who tells why electrons don't spin
  8. Diary for a Pandemic Year (8m) (Dick Wagner)
    A composition prepared for the MIT commencement of 2021 using layering of tracks. The visuals may bring back memories.
  9. Secret Windows Features, Wifi passwords, HDMI Cables & Ports, and more, part of Tech for Seniors (from 3/21/2022, episode 104) (1h11m)
  10. Black Holes: Seeing the Unseeable (60min; World Science Festival) (John Rudy) (smi downloaded) on Junami in Videos
    Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is observing black holes; latest achievement is first image of supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Video explores the breakthroughs.(this video dated around June 2022)
  11. Physics of the Future (39m) Dr. Michio Kaku (John Rudy)

(following need to be edited by wiki host)

I have looked at a number of videos on fusion (mostly from MIT) and recommend: 
1. A roughly 1 hr (w/o Q&A) talk by Prof. Dennis Whyte to the MIT Club of No. CA.  
   There are several like this, but seemed the best even though it is
2. A ~ 5 min celebration when MIT achieved 20 Tesla in a large bore magnet
3. A word from Tokamak Energy (UK), the closest competition to MIT/CFS.
It might be best to show them in the reverse order
because the long one has a number of questions at the end that some folks might want to stay around to hear.
-- Larry Wittig, 4/5/2022

Rich Ralston suggested topics

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Website for MIT Lincoln Lab: Surf this yourselves to see if areas of R&D or system development would be of interest to you and the LCTG. LL develops technology which, as it matures, is incorporated into a prototype subsystem or system to demonstrate new capabilities for transfer to industry for government use. Intellectual property can be licensed by MIT for commercial applications

Some topics I (Rich Ralston) propose within the next year, including the August 21 meeting.

  1. (Low noise moved to 6/29/2022)
  2. Flash LIDAR (LADAR) with single-photon sensitivity for rapid 3-D imaging with applications from look-through-foliage military surveillance to self-driving vehicles. (~90 minutes) – not to be recorded for later viewing
    Dr. Simon Verghese, head of Waymo’s (Google) sensor development for self-driving cars. In their 5th generation, the sensors are designed to meet the challenging requirements of moving people and goods safely and efficiently in dense cities and on highways. The goal is to make them affordable while meeting the performance needed for driverless operation in various applications and weather conditions. The talk will review some history of the project and describe a few use-cases for sensors and machine learning on Waymo vehicles.
  3. High-sensitivity passive IR focal planes for wide-area surveillance. (Copious Imaging, a spin off in Lexington from LL). (~45 minutes)
  4. Bio-agent warning sensor with single aerosol particle sensitivity. (~45 minutes)
  5. Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond for quantum sensing. (~45 minutes)

Topic ideas needing speakers

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  1. home theater, camera monitor, media player
  2. Headsets and cameras for Zoom; auxiliary microphones?
  3. Your experience with Raspberry or other tiny computer
  4. Troubleshoot your Internet connectivity
  5. Utilities, for a utilities meeting
  6. Construction of the new Suez Canal
  7. Railway Car identification (George Burnell; Greg Sheehan)
  8. “Book Review” of Walter Isaacson’s book Code Breaker about the competing CRISPR teams. Maybe we can bring back Allan Kleinman
  9. Backup Strategies, ranging from the kinds of backup we use (Data, System Image, Cloud, other) to how to make and maintain (and test) our backups, and what the various hardware and software options are for making and maintaining a reliable backup.

Orphaned (scheduled, but couldn't be presented then)

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  1. Computational Photography - changing what's used as a camera. link e.g., replacing DSLR with cellphones; more (Jonathan Goode?, Harry Forsdick?) (needs a lead)
  2. How one builds a web application (e.g., using spreadsheets) (Harry Forsdick)
  3. (Harry) Getting Streaming Programming Into Your TV (what to do when your TV just isn't smart enough)
  4. [orig sched 7/28/2021] CERN and the Hadron Collider. History, Why It Was Built, Hoped Outcomes, Discovery of Bison, What is Next (Harvey Newman, professor Cal Tech). Harvey will introduce the status and outlook for the LHC, its past and present and near term outlook, and provide a panorama of the future including some of the leading programs. (John Rudy)
  5. [orig sched 8/25/2021] Archeology presented by Jeffrey Rose (archeologist) in Israel (Stan Rose)
  6. [orig sched 12/22/2021] Sweet Summations in Short (Charlie Holbrow)

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