BBC: Is China Tech a Trojan Horse?

From BBC Business Daily:

Are US allegations that Huawei is helping Beijing hack US data networks motivated by genuine suspicions or by trade protectionism?

Joe Miller reports from the US where some Americans feel frustrated that their government is restricting them from using the Chinese tech firm’s cheap and reliable products. Meanwhile Ed Butler asks Wired journalist Scott Thurm whether the Trump administration’s clampdown is just part of the broader trade standoff between the world’s two biggest economies.

Plus, Chinese billionaire and artificial intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee explains why he thinks ultimately China may win the tech arms race with the US over everything from mobile payments to autonomous vehicles.

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Talks at Google: Flow & Interaction

Mark Anderson (CEO, Strategic News Service) presents his latest thinking on Flow and Interaction, which he has come to view as the two fundamental elements of the universe, constantly at work, continually shaping every aspect of our lives. Flow: The movement of substances, data, information, ideas, or innovations over time. Interaction: The internal or external effect(s) of substances, data, information, ideas, or innovations as they travel over time, changing the original state of the flow. Mark shares examples of how those two actions drive everything from physics to economics, from biology to corporate success.

Mark Anderson is a predictions expert in the fields of technology and the economy. He is CEO of Strategic News Service, an online technology newsletter read by Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos, and other leaders in technology and finance. He is also the founder of the Future in Review (FiRe) conference, named “the best technology conference in the world” by The Economist.


Predictions 2018 with Mark Anderson

Technology Alliance Group For Northwest Washington State

Please enjoy this video archive from Predictions 2018! We enjoy featuring Mark Anderson each January – great content as always. Please come join us next year for a delicious lunch and fascinating presentation. You can learn more about our annual Predictions event on our website here:

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Representing world-changing documentary films at the renowned film festival

PARK CITY, Utah – January 5, 2018

FiReFilms is the documentary film branch of the Strategic News Servicetm (SNS) Future in Review (FiRe) Conference Corp. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” the annual FiRe conference, which each year selects one important documentary film to screen for its attendees in addition to year-round FiReFilms benefits, features global speakers and leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others.

FiReFilms creates awareness of documentary films in which technology improves the human condition, and promotes them throughout the year to the SNS / FiRe global corporate community of C-level executives in technology and finance, as well as to world press, select partner film festivals, and members of the global subscription-based FiReFilms initiative, from creation through distribution to education.

This year during the opening week of Sundance, from January 18-22 FiReFilms will host up to six specially member-priced events at a luxurious private home and screening room located in Deer Valley, just minutes away from all Sundance venues. Filmmakers, new and long-term FiReFilms members, and other world-changers will be able to mingle in this beautiful, private view setting over food, wine, and other beverages, along with other special surprise events. General membership registration is at

“For the fourth Sundance in a row, we are excited to be able to provide for our FiReFilms members great content and discussions about globally important subjects with filmmakers and producers,” said Sharon Anderson Morris, FiReFilms Managing Director.

FiReFilms, created in 2012 after four years of screening an annual selected documentary to FiRe’s world-changing audiences, unites members who believe that documentary filmmaking is a powerful tool for world and social improvement, and who wish to be informed of and share unique benefits made possible by their relationship with FiReFilms – including important inputs and personal, early access to cutting-edge movers and events in documentary film. FiReFilms is led by a Steering Committee comprising specially invited technology, film, and investment experts.


Radar Summit 2017: Cyber security, the CIA & NSA brief

MARK ANDERSON, Key Note på Radar Summit! “Cyber security, the CIA & NSA brief” What is happening in the cyber landscape with emphasis on security, IP thefts as well as fake information campaigns.


Radar Summit 2017: Keynote Speaker Mark Anderson

MARK ANDERSON, Key Note på Radar Summit! “The technology landscape. Who survives and who will die” Mark Anderson, en av världens mest inflytelserika påverkare inom IT, kommer till Sverige för att tala på Radar Summit 2017.


The Internet Under Attack Is Civil Society Under Attack

From Techonomy:

“Grave concerns over the state of the Internet came into sharp focus Tuesday at Techonomy 2017, as session panelists talked about the beleaguered network’s effects on our political systems, cybersecurity, laws and regulations, economies and markets–and ultimately, on global society.”

Read the article at Techonomy


FiRe 2017: Big Brother and Mother Russia

By Ethan Annis

From left to right: Ed Butler, Berit Anderson

In an early morning session Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBCinterviewed Berit Anderson, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of, regarding the potential for computational propaganda. The session quickly turned to the specific example of Russia and their influence on the 2016 US presidential election.

“Their (Russia’s) goal is to undermine NATO and democracy, and the best way to do that is by making America look like a hot mess,” she said.

Anderson started out by talking about Facebook and the research that her company, has done on their newsfeed algorithms. Anderson claims that her team has reverse engineered the process, and that two single engineers with cleverly written code would be able to change the news feed algorithms without anyone else in Facebook knowing.

Anderson explained that these newsfeed algorithms, along with SEO manipulation, Facebook political dark ads, and fake Facebook and Twitter accounts make up the sophisticated Russian manipulation of American voters. Each of these tools is used differently to influence the way Americans think and vote. Anderson shared that Russia has used their Facebook and Twitter bots to influence multiple democratic events over the last few years. A group called Cambridge Analytica discovered that the same group of bots was activated and deactivated between the Arab Spring, the Brexit campaign, and the US presidential election.

Anderson pointed out that Russia takes exceptionally divisive issues and feed each side material in order to split the voters even further. They could even have had the capability of singling out specific zip codes in swing states and swing districts. Anderson called Russia’s strategy “pretty smart.”

To finish the session, Butler wondered what, if anything, these social media platforms are doing in order to stop what is happening. Anderson replied that Facebook has made small attempts to make political advertising more transparent but that Facebook and Twitter have overall been very unresponsive to the situation.


FiRe 2017: Atoms Meet Bits: Additive Manufacturing

By Ethan Annis

From left to right: Stephen Waite, Trevor Rudderham, Philip Vafiadis, Shane Fox

Stephen Waite, Co-Founder and Co-Executive of the Graphene Stakeholders Association moderated a panel regarding the cutting edge technology of additive manufacturing. Trevor Rudderham, CEO of Haydale TechnologiesShane Fox, CEO of LINK3D and Phillip Vafiadis, Executive Chairman of Innovyzl contributed their expertise to the conversation on how 3D printing is changing and will continue to change the manufacturing industry.

The panel began with Waite stating that so often we see investment dollars being put only into tech companies. He noted the enormous economic opportunities that there are with additive manufacturing. The fusion of technology with manufacturing will create major growth in the industry. He shared that 3D printing is expected to be a 20 billion dollars industry by 2020. By 2025 it is expected to have grown to 100–150 billion dollars.

“Humans think linearly, technology thinks exponentially, and that is where things get interesting,” said Waite.

Waite looked to Vafiadis for an explanation of some of the things his budding 3D printing company Titomic is doing. Vafiadis explained the cold fusion technique they are using to create better metal, 3D printed parts in a faster and cheaper way. He also told of a new material he recently held that acts like titanium but is more malleable and doesn’t react to heat and cold.

Waite turned the conversation to how materials themselves will become technology and invited Fox to tell how his company, LINK3D, is the embodiment of that. Fox spoke of how metallurgists are creating new materials, allowing for design without borders. He mentioned how technology typically makes our lives better and cited the improved environmental impact that additive manufacturing will have as an example of that.

“You can recycle almost 99% of the materials used in industrial 3D printing these days,” said Fox.

Rudderham finished up the panel by commenting on the changes that 3D printing could bring into the automotive industry. He explained that tooling costs to make changes to car designs require an long run time of any product in order to recoup the investment. With additive manufacturing, you can change designs with a tiny amount of cost.

“You could even get into mass customization,” said Rudderham.


FiRe 2017: Small data, AI, and the future of analytics

By Rainey Cornaby

The second panel on the final day of the Future in Review 2017 conference consisted of Gahl Berkooz, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Acorns, and Murray Cantor, Author and former IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Aptage. The panel was moderated by Robert Anderson, chairman and CEO of HEVT LLC and discussed fintech and the future of analytics.

According to Berkooz, Fintech is defined by its disruption of current financial institutions including banks, and their high fee based revenue models. These institutions have traditionally favored wealthy individuals, with many services and offerings only making sense or available to those belonging to the highest income bracket. Approximately 70% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. The value proposition of Acorns, Berkooz explained is automatic enablement of savings and investment removing the transactional fees. Removing the transactional fees enables consumers with lower income to make investments. Berkooz also mentioned his company Acorns is not the only form of disruption arising in financial services. Fintech startups offering robo-advising and low-cost trading are also disrupting industry by providing services previously unavailable to a broader, lower-income market.

The conversation soon shifted to artificial intelligence(AI), Data Science, and the future of analytics. Berkooz discussed the monumental impact these fields will see due to massive data collection, large compute power, and changing consumer expectations for personalization .

“We are just at the beginning of a golden age of data,” said Berkooz.

Data Science is also being approached in new ways. When speaking to the trends in data science and analytics Cantor explained a shift is occurring towards small datasets. He used the example of the growing trend of data utilization in project management with small teams. Cantor emphasized the importance AI is beginning to play in this solution due to the inherent challenges surrounding smaller sets of data and incorporating information from various datasets.

There are, however, still systemic obstacles to developing these fields. Berkooz and Cantor agreed Data Science and AI are unique fields in which academia severely lags industry. Both agreed the fields would greatly benefit from more open-ended exploration and study as opposed to the objective focused development currently happening in industry. Cantor elaborated to say development of AI and data dependent systems are “very adhoc right now.”

There also remain many unanswered questions and challenges involved with AI implementation. How do you measure the intelligence quotient of an AI system? According to Cantor, there is currently no answer to this question.

“We need some way of knowing which AI’s are better than others, and which are better suited to solve which problems. “ said Cantor

Though not all questions have been answered nor best practices established, both men were optimistic regarding near future application and abilities of systems with respect to risk assessment and management, and personalization of content. They stressed solutions are already coming and they will involve a synthesis of human and machine work.