Silicon Valley technology companies back bid to win Super Bowl 50 in 2016, which would be played in the new, high tech Levi’s Stadium, new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Silicon Valley is popping!
— Bill Mark, vice president of information and computer science at SRI International, one of the largest contract research firms in the world.
The state of innovation in Silicon Valley and across the technology industry is popping, according to Bill Mark, vice president of information and computer science at SRI International. Mark and SRI President and CEO Curt Carlson share what they see as booming areas of innovation, including education, healthcare, and perceptual and ubiquitous computing.
Historian Ernest Freeberg said, “[Thomas] Edison invented a new style of invention, a coordinated program of scientific research and product development” that paved the way for “a world where we assume invention is not just something that comes along when someone has a great idea, but this is a force that can be shaped and controlled.” Freeberg is the author of “The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America.”
“Bob came to me and said, ‘How about we start a new company? My first reaction was no, I like it here. Then a couple of months later he came back and said, ‘Now that I’m leaving, how would you like to start a new company?’ It put a whole different light on the thing.”
— Gordon Moore, in a new PBS documentary “American Experience: Silicon Valley” talking about Robert Noyce who encouraged Moore to leave their first start up Fairchild Semiconductor to co-found Intel Corporation
The PBS documentary looks at how a group of young transistor tweakers turned what was once futile farmland into what today is a thriving technology innovation center of the world. Here’s a look at what Intel co-founder Gordon Moore says in the documentary, set to premiere February 5:
KGO-TV reports that A 300-foot crane lifted a pair of gold-painted steel beams Thursday to top out the highest point of the planned $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium that one executive said would be a “software-driven” venue when the San Francisco 49ers start playing there in 2014.
49ers CEO Jed York said the new stadium will bring a new technology-driven experience where fans use their smartphones during games for things like watching instant replays and making cashless payments for food and drinks at concession stands.
“It’s more than just building an app,” York said. “It’s watching plays from different camera angles from your phone, the (NFL game replay) RedZone channel on your screen, fantasy football. You want fans to choose. You want 60,000 different experiences in this stadium.”
Last month, Intel Free Press reported on the hi-tech ‘smart’ features being worked into the new statium: 49ers Bet on Technology to Boost Fan Experience.
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I think we will see cars that connect through your medical devices to give you alerts you might have missed, or connect to the cloud to give you health and wellness guidance.
— Venkatesh Prasad, general manager and senior technical leader of the Ford Silicon Valley Lab.
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Video of DARPA’s Dan Kaufman talking about building technologies that help people solve tough problems, explore the world and build a better future. Kaufman shared insights into his research efforts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency during a talk on July 23, 2012 at the Computer History Museum. Afterward, Kaufman sat down with Intel Free Press and discussed how excessive focus on patent protection can cause decay and the need to restore the sense of wonder that sparks tech innovation.
DARPA’s Dan Kaufman, director of information innovation and author of a textbook on intellectual property law, talks the role of IP:
If you create a great product, you’re going to be out in front of people and you’re going to do just fine. There’s nothing wrong with companies wanting patents and to be protected, but I think that if the majority of your efforts are focused on [protecting IP], it’s almost the beginning of the decay of your company. You need to focus your bright brains on making the next incredible product. The idea is, go make cool stuff and lawyers can do the lawyer thing.
Gordon Moore saw exponential growth in the number of transistors on a microchip, an observation that became known as Moore’s Law, a guiding principle that has driven the technology industry for decades, and gave birth to the Talent Economy.
Pando Daily provides an interesting take on the impact of Fairchild Semiconductor Company and Moore, one of the traitorous eight who left Fairchild to from Intel Corporation in 1968. Around that time, transistors were attracting early VC seed funding that gave rise to Silicon Valley and changed the relationship between capital and labor, according to Pando Daily writer Francisco Dao.
On the 40th Anniversary of the Microprocessor, a Tour of the Company Photo Archive Offers a Glimpse of Intel as it was in the Early 1970s
Introducing Start-Up Nation by The Atlantic #StartupSouth
We’re running a special report for the next few weeks focusing on innovation and invention across America. Technology editor Alexis Madrigal is road-tripping through the south in search of the next Silicon Valley south of the Mason-Dixon line.