Speaker Announcement: Water 2.0 Conference – May 17th Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham NC

Posted on March 19th, 2018 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 would like to share a speaker announcement for our:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
May 17, 2018 – Raleigh-Durham NC

$250 REGISTER TODAY

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

 

Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham Campus
2880 Slater Road Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

 

 

 

 

 

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

Speakers for the Raleigh-Durham Water 2.0 Conference include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University

Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

Adam Tank, Founder & CEO, Industrial Optic

Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems

Mark Modzelewski, General Manager, Treeline Interactive

Brian Fannon, PhD, Watershed Investigator for Yadkin Riverkeeper

Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

Scott Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Becky Scott, Senior Solutions Architect, Lithium Technologies

FBI Representative

Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScoence Exchange

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Matt Malandro, Conference Manager matt@water2.org

Click here to see completed Water 2.0 events.

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WATER NEWS

Carolina Water says its water is clean, lead-free. They set out Tuesday to prove it.
The Herald

California to add recycled sewer water to the state reservoirs
Fox News

Thinking of drinking “raw water”? Why health experts say beware.
The Herald Sun

Tens of millions of Americans exposed to unsafe drinking water each year
USA Today

Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking?
Food & Water Watch

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
MIT Technology Review

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I hope you will be able to join us in Raleigh-Durham on May 17th!

COFES Institute Announces Ping Fu as a Keynote at COFES 2018

Posted on March 12th, 2018 | No Comments »

Technologist, Entrepreneur and Author to keynote at The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES)

The COFES Institute is pleased to announce technologist, entrepreneur and author Ping Fu, as a keynote speaker at COFES 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 12-15, 2018 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Ms. Fu has been a major contributor in the engineering software arena and is currently the Executive Chairman of Gelsight (gelsight.com).

The theme for COFES 2018 is Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us. Ping will discuss the theme for COFES with a focus on machine learning and resilient design. The annual four-day event for the design and engineering software industry brings together a diverse group of thought leaders in technology and science to engage in wide-ranging and meaningful discussions. To request an invitation, visit apply.cofes.com.

“Ping is the ideal person to lead off COFES as the opening keynote,” said Vincent Caprio, COFES Institute President. “She has been part of the computing evolution for decades and more importantly has been an innovator in the engineering software space. I know she will provide a thought-provoking foundation for our theme.”

“Resilient design and machine learning are two subjects I am focusing on now,” said Fu. “Both of these topics are integral to this year’s COFES theme. Resilient design is not about designing something that never fails but designing with known failure characteristics that can be repaired very quickly. With this type of design process, you confront failure head on and incorporate it into the design. You anticipate failure and seek ways to rapidly address the failures. With machine learning, we can outsource part of our brain to machines, which perform certain functions better than humans. This frees up humans to do things that machines are not good at doing. I think the term machine learning is interchangeable with Artificial Intelligence.”

“I am really delighted to have Ping give our opening keynote,“ said Brad Holz, COFES co-founder. “Aside from the fact that she is truly a remarkable individual with an amazing history, she is also a true visionary for our industry and has much we can learn from.”

About Ping Fu

Ping Fu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Fu began studying journalism in China. Then she immigrated to the United States in 1984 and changed her studies to computer science. One of her first jobs was with Bell Labs when they were transitioning to packet switching. Later she then took the role of director of visualization at NCSA where she worked on the Terminator 2: Judgement Day. After which she co-founded Geomagic in 1997, a 3D software development company, and served as the chief executive officer until February 2013 when the company was acquired by 3D Systems Inc. At Geomagic, she was recognized for her achievements with the company through a number of awards, including being named Inc. Magazine’s 2005 “Entrepreneur of the Year”. Also, in 2013, she published her memoir, Bend, Not Break, co-authored with MeiMei Fox. At 3D Systems, she held the title of Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer. Currently Fu, is serving as Executive Chairman at GelSight, Inc. (http://www.gelsight.com), a next-generation metrology company.

About COFES and the COFES Institute

Now in its 19th year, COFES is the annual, invitation-only event for the design and engineering software industry. Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES (cofes.com) gathers design and engineering software leaders (vendors, users, press, and analysts) together to discuss the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business. COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that provide a new perspective to the future of the industry. Apply for an invitation at apply.cofes.com.

The COFES Institute was created in 2017 to provide sustainable leadership to COFES. The COFES Institute is a non-profit 501c3 governed by a Board of Directors led by Vincent Caprio. Other members of the board are (in order of last name): Jim Brown: President – TechClarity, Jim Doxey: Product Configuration Manager – Oculus, Nathanael Miller: Aerospace Engineer – NASA Langley Research Center, Jason Preston: Co-Founder – Parnassus Group (DENT), and Rebecca Yeh: Event Director & Secretary – COFES. In addition, the COFES Advisory Board was established to provide industry input to the COFES Board, see the COFES website for a listing of the Advisory Board participants.

COFES 2018: FEBRUARY UPDATE

Posted on February 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

COFES 2018: FEBRUARY UPDATE
April 12 thru April 15, 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona cofes.com

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Register Soon!

COFES is 8 weeks away!

If you plan on joining us, you’ll want to register soon at: register.cofes.com. We’re likely to fill up our hotel block by the beginning of March, so you might want to register soon to assure a spot at the resort.

If you don’t have your invitation code handy, drop me a note at: becca@cofes.comor call me at +1-802-871-5627. Or you can visit apply.cofes.com to apply for a new invitation.

If you won’t be able to join us, let me know with a quick note so we can invite others on our list.

If you have any other questions about COFES, feel free to reach out to our Chairman and Founder, Vincent Caprio at: vincent@cofes.org or +1-203-733-1949.



Special Incentive: 35 for 35

It’s no secret that the vast majority of our typical COFES attendee pool is aging. Jokes have been made for years about the number of salt’n’pepper and white hair that dot the audience in all the videos.

At COFES 2018, we’re trying to change that.

As a special incentive to our younger folks, we’re offering a deep discount of $1295for anyone who registers that’s under the age of 35. Our goal is to hit 35 people who take us up on the 35 and younger incentive.

If you, or anyone you know, meets this criteria, please put “UNDER35” in the Total field when you fill out the online registration form.

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Keynotes

We’ve got three great keynotes set for COFES 2018.

On Friday, Ping Fu will discuss the changing relationship between us and our tools.

On Saturday, Keith Schubert will discuss his work unlocking the patterns of life, and what AI can teach us about living in scarcity. Following Keith will be George Gilder, who will explore the impact of blockchain and other technologies on the global economy.

You can learn more about our keynoters and their talks at cofes.com/agenda

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Buddy, can you spare a notebook?

Each year at COFES we ask for attendees to bring their old laptops/notebook computers. We plan on continuing this once again for COFES 2018. We hope you’ll participate by bring your unwanted systems with you. We’ll wipe the drives, refresh the system, and donate to kids who need them.

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Last Call for Roundtable Topics Requests

You may have noticed that the COFES Agenda doesn’t have a list of the topics for any of the roundtable discussions. That’s because we wait until we’ve had a chance to talk with all of the COFES participants before the topics get set.

Now’s your chance to put your hot issue on the platform for discussions. What key issues do you want on the table for discussion at COFES? Send a short description to becca@cofes.com so that we may consider your issue for discussion.

For ideas, please take a look at last year’s agenda discussion subjects (scroll down to 11 am on Saturday). The final COFES 2018 discussion topics will be posted by the end of March.

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COFES Library: What have you written lately?

The COFES Library focuses on books written by COFES participants. If you’ve written a book, bring a copy with you to donate to the Library, where attendees can peruse books during COFES.

If won’t be able to join us at COFES, but you’ve written a book and would like to donate a copy to the COFES Library, send a copy of the book(s) to:
Becca Yeh: COFES Library
c/o The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ 85253

We’ll set aside a safe place for the books to be reviewed during COFES, and we’ll store the books during the year. Be sure to have the book(s) arrive before April 10.

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The DaS Symposium

The DaS Symposium (Design & Sustainability) is an open conversation of the role of design and software for design in the context of sustainability.

When planning your travel to COFES, please remember that the DaS Symposium at COFES will once again be held from 8:30am to 3:00pm on Thursday, the first day of COFES.

 

Save the Date: Water 2.0 Conference – May 17th Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham NC

Posted on February 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Today we are proud to announce our next Water 2.0 Conference located on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
May 17, 2018 – Raleigh-Durham NC

$250 REGISTER TODAY

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

 

Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham Campus
2880 Slater Road Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers for the Raleigh-Durham Water 2.0 Conference include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Matt Malandro, Conference Manager
matt@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

Malshe Elected to National Academy of Engineering
University of Arkansas

White House to unveil $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan
The Hill

EPA chief’s questions about climate science draw new scrutiny
The Hill

At least 1,000 gallons of oil spill into North Carolina river
New York Post

Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid
The New York Times

The Download: SpaceX Disaster, AI With Uncertainty, and Trump Says the “B” Word
MIT Technology Review

EPA removes 7 cleaned-up sites from Superfund list
The Hill

Global Water Technologies releases annual shareholder letter
GWT News

Vincent Caprio to serve as consultant for Pfeiffer University Center for Digital Transformation
Pfeiffer University

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I am really excited to continue our Water 2.0 series with Pfeiffer University in 2018.  Click here to see completed Water 2.0 events.  Looking forward to seeing you in Raleigh-Durham on May 17th!

COFES Institute Announces George Gilder as a Keynote at COFES 2018

Posted on February 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

COFES Institute Announces George Gilder as a Keynote at COFES 2018

The COFES Institute is pleased to announce venture capitalist and best-selling author, George Gilder, as a keynote speaker at COFES 2018 in Scottsdale, ArizonaApril 12-15, 2018 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Mr. Gilder will be a featured keynote speaker on Saturday.

This year at COFES 2018, the theme will be Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us. To request an invitation, visit apply.cofes.com. The annual four-day event for the design and engineering software industry brings together a diverse group of thought leaders in technology and science to engage in wide-ranging and meaningful discussions.

At COFES 2018, Mr. Gilder will be speaking about his forthcoming book, Life After Google, which is due to be published in 2018. The new book examines and discusses the coming profound shift in the global technological and business landscape being ushered in by blockchainand other emerging technologies.

“Mr. Gilder is an accomplished best-selling author and futurist,” said Vincent Caprio, COFES Institute President. “Gilder will challenge COFES attendees with new ideas and their application to the engineering software arena.”

“One of the key roles I have relished over the past 18 years was the opportunity to find and work with great keynoters for COFES,” said Brad Holz, co-founder of COFES, president and CEO of Cyon Research Corporation. “We look for folks who are way ahead of the curve, with ideas of significance, and who really want to engage with us. I’m delighted that the COFES Institute has been able to continue that tradition with George Gilder. While I may take personal issue with some of the positions he has taken on social issues in the past, he is indisputably a leading thinker on technology issues and I look forward to his latest work.”

About George Gilder
Mr. George Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and a founder-fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He is the author of twenty books on economics and technology including, Wealth and Poverty (1981), The Spirit of Enterprise (1986), Microcosm (1989), Life After Television (1990), Telecosm (2000), The Silicon Eye (2005), and The Israel Test (2009).

In the past decade, Gilder has begun revolutionizing the field of economics. In his book, Knowledge and Power (2013), Gilder presents a new economy based on the information theory that enabled the computer revolution and the rise of the Internet. In a review, Steve Forbes stated that the book “will profoundly and positively reshape economics… (and) will rank as one of the most influential works of our era.” The book won the Leonard E. Read prize at FreedomFest in Las Vegas in 2013.

In his latest book, The Scandal of Money (2016), Gilder extends the economics of information theory into a prescription for overcoming worldwide disorders of money with new crypto-currencies linked to gold. James Grant, publisher of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer,” stated that the book “will outlast the Federal Reserve.” Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel declared “he is our best guide to our most fundamental economic problem.”

Mr. Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a contributor to such publications as the Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains, where he is an active churchman, runner/cross country skier, and with his wife Nini, parent of four children.

About COFES and the COFES Institute
Now in its 19th year, COFES is the annual, invitation-only event for the design and engineering software industry. Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES (cofes.com) gathers design and engineering software leaders (vendors, users, press, and analysts) together to discuss the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business. COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that provide a new perspective to the future of the industry. Apply for an invitation at apply.cofes.com.

The COFES Institute was created in 2017 to provide sustainable leadership to COFES. The COFES Institute is a non-profit 501c3 governed by a Board of Directors led by Vincent Caprio. Other members of the board are (in order of last name): Jim Brown: President – TechClarity, Jim Doxey: Product Configuration Manager – Oculus, Nathanael Miller: Aerospace Engineer – NASA Langley Research Center, Jason Preston: Co-Founder – Parnassus Group (DENT), and Rebecca Yeh: Event Director & Secretary – COFES. In addition, the COFES Advisory Board was established to provide industry input to the COFES Board, see the COFES website for a listing of the Advisory Board participants.

Vincent Caprio to serve as consultant for Pfeiffer University Center for Digital Transformation

Posted on February 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

Vincent Caprio to serve as consultant for Pfeiffer University Center for Digital Transformation

Pfeiffer University’s Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) has hired a new consultant to expand the university’s impact in the energy and water industries.

Vincent Caprio, Director and Founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, will provide Pfeiffer’s CDT with the insight and connections necessary to identify technology-based solution opportunities in these exciting fields.

“Vincent is exceptionally well-versed in a broad spectrum of emerging technologies that impact our country’s energy and water infrastructure,” said Dr. Ken Russell, Pfeiffer Vice President for Digital Transformation and CDT Director. “He understands the dynamic role technology can play in solving current problems as well as how market-driven technology solutions can provide keen insight into future trends.”

Caprio, who Keynoted at the Water 2.0 Conference held at Pfeiffer in September and will be presenting at the upcoming conference in Raleigh on May 17th, has produced 20 Water 2.0 conferences during the last 10 years. Caprio has been a noted speaker at numerous emerging technology conferences throughout America over the past two decades. He has testified before the EPA and OSTP and has contributed to several business publications dedicated to bringing effective solutions to the municipal water industry in order to help utilities work smarter and upgrade systems efficiently.

“I am thrilled to become part Pfeiffer’s CDT team and to collaborate on finding innovative solutions to difficult challenges,” said Caprio.

“Having been an association leader for years in both the water and energy sectors, I know the challenges facing the nation’s water infrastructure are extremely difficult and these sectors will greatly benefit from CDT’s strategy to promote a practical approach to solving such complex technology problems.”

The Center for Digital Transformation promotes a practical approach to solving complex technology problems. CDT is focused on building strong partnerships and providing applied and experiential learning opportunities for students while transforming the way the educational experience is developed, packaged, delivered and supported.

(Pictured from left to right, Dr Ken Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation, Pfeiffer University; Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist, CNN and Vincent Caprio, Director and Founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation.)

COFES Institute Interview with Joel Orr, Co-Founder of COFES

Posted on January 18th, 2018 | No Comments »

 

 

 

 

COFES Institute Interview with Joel Orr, Co-Founder of COFES
January 2018

Today we are proud to share our third COFES Institute newsletter, with our interview of Joel Orr, Co-Founder of COFES.

Steve Waite: It is wonderful to speak with you today, Joel. Tell us about the genesis of COFES and what you were hoping to achieve with the event as a co-founder.

Joel Orr: We were driving to the airport after the NDES show – the National Design Engineering Show – in 1999. We all noticed the same thing at the show. All the interesting conversations happened in the hallways. So we decided to try to create an event that would be mostly hallways. The back room discussions, so to speak, became front and center. That was our genesis and that is what we have attempted to achieve with COFES.

SW: Excellent! You have a long, distinguished career in CAD. Take us back to the early days and tell us what you saw.

JO: I got into the technology of CAD at my last W-2 job. I was Systems Manager for the computer department of Nashville, Tennessee. I was in charge of creating one of the first municipal geographic information systems in 1973. From there, I became a consultant and did similar projects in various cities in the US, as well as in Israel.

There was an emerging trend where companies were investing more money into electronic, mechanical and architectural design than they were putting into mapping. Because of my familiarity with the technologies, I took a role in more general CAD while staying involved in mapping. That gave me a very broad kind of outlook.  I’m a techno-dilettante. That is someone who is an inch deep and a mile wide in all of these areas.

SW:
What was a conventional CAD system like back in the 1970s?

JO: CAD systems in the ‘70s were something that cost in the neighborhood of $100,000 per seat, at a time when a senior engineer was making $20,000 per year.  Before purchasing a system like that, companies wanted to get some assurance that if they bought one, they wouldn’t be sorry. Paying a consultant $5,000 to spend some time helping them understand the nature of their issues and what might be useful was a good deal for them. Everything evolved from there.

SW: What were the key factors in evaluating whether a CAD system made sense for a company back in the 70s?

JO: Most issues in large companies are people issues, not technology issues. Early on in the game, people were dazzled by the technology. It seemed magical. There was no way it could fail. I would bring a little bit of a wet blanket to the promises of the CAD sales people and teach my clients about the right questions to ask and who to ask them of.  Every CAD vendor had some success stories. Early on, I realized that most benchmarks are staged affairs. I focused on interviewing CAD users to get around the staging issue.

SW: That is interesting. I was part of a team with Gideon Gartner and one of his protégés that did something similar back in the early 2000s. I didn’t realize you were a pioneer in this area. Where did interviewing CAD users take you? What kind of opportunities emerged from that approach?

JO: That work with users led to consulting with CAD vendors. My contacts with the clients were useful to the vendors. I had established a reputation as an independent consultant that could not be bought.  They would bring me in to educate the client in general or for discussion. That became a good part of my business as well.  I worked with both users and vendors.

SW: So you developed a model that allowed you to work with both CAD users and vendors without any conflicts of interest. Is that a correct statement?

JO: Yes it is.

SW: That is an admirable business model. From your grand perspective of collaborating closely with both users and vendors, what is the primary value add of a CAD system?

JO: The essence of the engineering is that it is a non-deterministic process. That is, having a set of initial conditions, you cannot accurately predict the final conditions. The dynamic that drives this process is trial and error.  You try something. You tweak it and fiddle with it. You hope that your fiddling converges – that it gets closer to the ideal. That in and of itself is not guaranteed either. The essence of CAD is to build models more quickly and more precisely than you can in any other way. That is how CAD happened.

SW: So the primary value of CAD is speed and precision within an engineering process that is non-deterministic.

JO: Yes, that is correct. And there is another important element. With CAD, mistakes are cheap.

SW: Ahhh… it is easy to see the incredible value CAD brings to the table: Speed, precision and cheap mistakes.

JO: Yes. There was a time before CAD when getting the precise volume of something like a shampoo bottle was not a trivial exercise. It involved wooden models, creating a plastic mock up, and measuring the amount of liquid that could go in it. CAD was able to do this. You could specify by volume rather than having to experiment with physical models. CAD transformed the entire container industry.

SW: Let’s fast forward to today. We’ve seen remarkable advances in technology hardware and software since the early 70s. We can do trial and error faster and more precise than ever. Engineers are using CAD systems today to design products at the nanometer level. What’s your perspective on CAD today?

JO: We are designing semiconductors with circuitry so intricate and tiny that the human eye cannot see it. CAD enables this type of nano-engineering. This is all moving into the world of medicine. We are 3D printing kidneys today. You have to be able to manipulate very, very small things – things you cannot see.

SW: The designs and engineering enabled by CAD systems today are truly astonishing, bordering on science fiction in some cases. What kind of CAD-enabled future do you foresee based on current technological trends?

JO: In the mid-70s, my IBM salesman was my best friend. He said that IBM Labs had developed a simulation system that could predict the outcome of the World Series based on various data inputs. He said there was only one thing wrong with the system. It took three weeks to make the prediction. We know that the World Series doesn’t take three weeks to play, so that was a big problem. The fact that you can predict the outcome of an event like the World Series a week or two after the outcome wasn’t valuable.

SW: Things have sped up quite a bit since then!

JO: Yes, they have. Think about knowing what the outcome of the World Series is before it is over. We have computer systems today with that kind of power. That’s a game-changer. (Although I haven’t seen any World Series prediction systems that work yet, so the salesman may have been a bit over-confident…)

SW: That boggles the mind. What’s the role of the human designer and engineer in tomorrow’s CAD world – a world that is likely to be increasingly populated with AI, machine learning, virtual reality and other emerging technologies?

JO: That’s a good question. The way a friend of mine put it, there is no question that real AI is coming. But the real question is whether it will like us and keep us around.

SW: Well, that is a provocative statement and one that is likely to generate a great deal of discussion. Let’s table any further discussion for the upcoming COFES event. We’ll be talking a lot about human-aided design in a world of AI. Suffice it to say, the upcoming COFES event promises to be another great one!

JO: Yes, it does.

SW: It has been wonderful speaking with you today, Joel. Thank you for your time. We hope to see you at COFES 2018.

Steve Waite is a member of the COFES Institute Advisory Board. He is the author of several books, including Quantum Investing and Venture Investing in Science.

 

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If you are interested in participating in COFES 2018, then please contact Vincent Caprio, President of COFES Institute vincent@cofes.org

Happy Holidays from NanoBCA!

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Happy Holidays from Water 2.0!

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COFES 2018 Early Winter Update

Posted on December 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

You might want to take a look at the COFES Update below, which includes news on:

  • End of normal registration period (you can save $400 if you register before December 31st!)
  • George Gilder, Best-Selling Author and VC to give Saturday Keynote
  • COFES 2018 List of Participants
  • Theme for COFES 2018: Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us
  • Last Call for CAD Society Nominations
  • Call for Roundtable Topics
  • COFES Institute Interviews
  • COFES 2017 Audio and Videos now online

I hope you will be able to join us in Arizona next April.

COFES Late Registration Begins January 1st

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register today!

Save $400 by registering by Sunday, December 31st!

If you are interested in registering for COFES 2018, then please email me at vincent@cofes.org

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George Gilder, Best-Selling Author and Venture Capitalist to give Saturday Keynote at COFES 2018

Mr. Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and a founder-fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle.

He is the author of many books on economics and technology including, Wealth and Poverty (1981), The Spirit of Enterprise (1986), Microcosm (1989), Life After Television (1990), Telecosm (2000), The Silicon Eye (2005), and The Israel Test (2009)In the past decade, Gilder has begun revolutionizing the field of economics.

In his book, Knowledge and Power (2013), Gilder presents a new economics based on the information theory that enabled the computer revolution and the rise of the Internet. In a review, Steve Forbes stated that the book “will profoundly and positively reshape economics… (and) will rank as one of the most influential works of our era.” The book won the Leonard E. Read prize at FreedomFest in Las Vegas in 2013.

In his latest book, The Scandal of Money (2016), Gilder extends the economics of information theory into a prescription for overcoming worldwide disorders of money with new crypto-currencies linked to gold. James Grant, publisher of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer,” stated that the book “will outlast the Federal Reserve.” Peter Thiel declared “he is our best guide to our most fundamental economic problem.” His next book, Life After Google, is due to be published in 2018.

Mr. Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a contributor to such publications as the ForbesHarvard Business ReviewThe Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains, where he is an active churchman, runner/cross country skier, and with his wife Nini, parent of four children.

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COFES 2018 List of Participants

COFES attracts thought-leaders from many disciplines. Here is a list of participants for COFES 2018 thus far.

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COFES 2018 Theme: Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us

COFES is that place on the calendar that we set aside to lift our heads from the daily grind and consider our work in a broader context. This year at COFES 2018, we will explore human-aided design and have an in depth look at the changing relationship between our tools and us. The advent of digital personal computers and the development of software profoundly transformed the way products were designed. The advent of computer-aided design gave engineers an array of powerful new tools. As the Internet evolved, CAD migrated into the cloud. Today, powerful design tools are available globally and have become an integral part of the engineering landscape.

Today, we stand at the dawn of a new era of design – what we refer to as human-aided design. Advances in computer hardware and software are profoundly altering the way in which we interact with technology. Humans are now merging with computers in a way that has never existed previously. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality are radically reshaping the design landscape. Innovations in 3D printing technology and advances in additive manufacturing processes represent a convergence of atoms and bits that promise to usher in the next industrial revolution.

At COFES 2018, we will examine the emergence of human-aided design and discuss the convergence of atoms and bits and the impact it promises to have on the way products are designed and engineered. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exhilarating event.

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Last Call for CAD Society award nominations

The CAD Society is accepting nominations for the 2018 CAD Society Industry Awards until December 31st, 2017.

If you have someone you think would be a good candidate, please email your nominations to: register@cofes.com.

Nominations must identify the award category and candidate. It would help to also share your thoughts on why the nominee deserves to be honored.

The CAD Society Awards acknowledge the contributions made by individuals that have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture software industries. The awards are presented each year at the COFES Saturday night reception.

The CAD Society presents awards in three categories:

Joe Greco Community Award: For outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. Steve Robbins was the 2017 Community award recipients. Other past award recipients include: David Cohn, Bob Deragisch, Jon Jarrett, Al Dean, Marie Planchard, Jeff Mottle, Evan Yares, Sean Dotson, Chris Yessios, Lynn Allen, Randall Rath, CJ Shirk, Kristine Fallon, and Ralph Grabowski.

Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of CAD users. Chuck Grindstaff was the 2017 Leadership award recipient. Other past award recipients include: Peter Schroer, Jim Heppelmann, Hardy Meybaum, Wilfried Gräbert, Oleg Shilovitsky, Dieter Neujahr, Carl Bass, Jay Sunyogh, Dana K. “Deke” Smith, Robert McNeel, Tony Affuso, Tom Butta, Jon Hirschtick, and Bernard Charles.

Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. Chuck Hull was the 2017 Lifetime award recipient. Other past award recipients include: John McEleney, Jon Peddie, Ivan Sutherland David Levin, Ken & BJ Anderson, Dave Weisberg, Richard Riff, Mike Riddle, Dean Kamen, Russell F. Henke, Ken Versprille, L. Stephen Wolfe, Carl Machover, Dr. Joel Orr, and Patrick Hanratty.

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Call for Roundtable Topics

Roundtable discussions are a key element to COFES. We don’t announce the topics until about two weeks before the event. That gives us time to consider the topics that are relevant at the time of COFES (rather than guessing a year in advance).

Have a topic you think is relevant? A pressing issue that could impact software for design and engineering? We’re actively seeking ideas for roundtable topics for COFES 2018. Give us a shout at becca@cofes.com.

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COFES Institute Interviews

October 2017
Brad Holtz, Co-Founder of COFES

November 2017
Jon Hirschtick, Co-Founder and CEO of Onshape

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COFES 2017 Audio and Videos Online

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve posted the videos from the COFES 2017 keynotes and special presentations on the COFES website. Check out COFES.com/video.  These, as well as the audio below, are free to all.

We’ve also made it possible for anyone to listen to the audio recordings from Tech Suite Briefings, Analyst Briefings, and Roundtable discussions. COFES.com/audio. Check them out!