Oct. 1 "How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives" - Al Aho will illustrate what algorithms are, and how they are shaping all aspects of our daily lives, from healthcare to finance to entertainment. He will also explain why some people speculate they will determine the ultimate fate of humankind. Dr. Aho is an Old Guard member and a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Columbia University. Earlier he was Vice President of Computing Sciences Research at Bell Labs, the lab that invented UNIX, C and C++. He is widely published and highly regarded as a leader in Computer Science. [ bio ]
Oct. 8 "Evolving US Cellphone Technology from 4th Generation (4G) to 5th (5G)" - Dr. Mihai Banu, founder and CTO of Blue Danube, a 5G wireless technology company, will explain what seems too good to be true and how 5G is different from 4G. He will introduce the basics of how the country's cellphone network is organized, and will discuss the implications of this evolution for ordinary people and for industry. [ bio ]
Oct. 15 "Update on the Music Industry in the Streaming Economy" - Larry Miller will explain how, for many musicians, the democratization of music production and distribution carried the promise of reaching multitudes of eager fans at the touch of an upload button. Yet this has made it difficult for new artists to break through. How has the music industry changed, or has it? Professor Miller is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Music Business Program at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is a music and technology entrepreneur, advisor, and host of the Musonomics podcast. [ bio]
Oct. 22 "Civility in Government and Politics" - Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick is serving his eighth term in the NJ General Assembly representing parts of Union, Somerset, and Morris counties. Among many titles and awards he has received is an award for being the funniest lawyer in NJ. Bramnick will discuss dignity and respect, or the lack thereof, in politics today. [ bio ]
Oct. 29 "Organ Donation and Transplantation and the 2020 Transplant Games of America" - Jan Hines assistant director of Transplant Community Relations at NJ Sharing Network, will speak on the organ and tissue process, living donation, the waiting list, and common myths. She will also discuss the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games coming to the Meadowlands next year. [.more info.]
November Birthdays - John Baxter
November Program Chair: Matthew Wyvratt
Nov. 4 (Monday) "New Drugs for Old Diseases -- A Public-Private Partnership" - Mervyn Turner, of MJ Turner Consulting, will outline the story of a public-private partnership between the global pharmaceutical company, GSK, and a British Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, to fund the discovery and early develpment of a new drug for malaria.
Nov. 12 "Tax Reform: Risks and Opportunities" - Matt Masterson and Pete O'Neill, Wealth Advisors at Regent Atlantic, will discuss tax planning under the new tax law including how to optimize charitable gifting with changes to dedcutions, estate planning with the new federal exemptions, and making sense of Opportunity Zone investments.
Nov. 19 "Thomas Edison: Genius or Not?" - Dr. William Hagmann will discuss the life of Thomas A. Edison as a rock star of technology and invention in turn-of-the-century America, despite receiving only a short elementary school education. Dr. Hagmann is a volunteer at the Thomas Edison Museum, which is part of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange.
Nov. 26 "The Killer Smog" - Dr. Mathew Wyvratt, of the Summit Old Guard and MJW Parama Consulting, will discuss the rise and fall of a small industrial town in Western Pennsylvania, which experienced an air inversion in the late 1940s. Twenty of the town residents died that fateful weekend due to air pollution, and many more developed health problems. This man-made disaster is recognized as the beginning of the clean air movement in the United States.
Technology User Group (TUG) Discussions for all users at all levels in the front of our meeting room, 11:45 a.m. (First and fourth Tuesdays of the month)...
Oct.. 1 (Monday) -- Discussion of upcoming 5G networks (5th generation cell phone technology) led by George Kull..
Oct.. 22 -- Discussion of user problems and issues. Bring your concerns and queries.
Oct. 29 -- Guided tour of Nokia/Bell Labs Technology Museum. Details
Timely Topics Discussion in the front of our meeting room with participation encouraged from all in attendance. Usually at 11:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday.
Oct. 8 - There are many "Timely Topics" that deserve our attention. Among them is the ever-increasing federal deficit -- forecast to reach a trillion dollars in fiscal 2020, driving the national debt to over 23 trillion dollars. Should we be concerned? What, if anything, should be done? Steve Varley will lead our discussion.
Trips Scheduled (For Old Guard members and guests)
December12-- A holiday trip to the Grain House Restaurant in Basking Ridge. More information will be announced when finalized.. Details
Walkers The Walkers Group has been relaunched in a new format (which is still evolving). For now we are walking twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, at 8:00 AM at Briant Park in Summit, with "mall walking" at the Short Hills Mall as a backup for bad weather. If Interested, please drop a note to [email protected] to weigh in and say what formulation might work well for you.