Marconi Society Blog

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Don't Blame It On GPS!

By Hatti Hamlin How often have you heard someone complain that “GPS got us totally lost”? 2016 Marconi Fellow Brad Parkinson, widely considered the “father of GPS”, has news for you.  “GPS is not to blame! It doesn’t tell you…

Should Taxpayers Fund Pure Research?

Why should taxpayers pay for research into arcane subjects such as how shrimp resolve fights without killing one another?
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We Need to Protect and Strengthen GPS, says Brad Parkinson, 2016 Marconi Fellow

By Hatti Hamlin Stanford Professor Emeritus Brad Parkinson has spent his life developing and improving GPS—an often uphill battle, but one he’s consistently won.  Now he worries that the global utility he’s spent almost his entire…

Marconi Fellows Abound at the National Inventors Hall Of Fame

The Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973—just a year before the Marconi Society—by the National Council of Patent Law Associations (now the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

IEEE Honors David Forney, A Founder of the Modem Industry

Marconi Fellow David Forney, adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT, will receive the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics…
NLN at MIT

Where Are You, Precisely? MIT Looking At Ways To Improve Positional Accuracy

As more and more daily activities have become dependent on the positioning and navigation assistance of GPS, companies are racing to take advantage of it with new products, services, and the ability to target them to individuals in a specific…

Marconi Fellows Attend “Extra-ordinary” Event At Bell Labs for Claude Shannon Centennial

L to R: Herwig Kogelnik, Bob Metcalf, Irwin Jacobs, Bob Tkach, A. J. Paulraj, Len Kleinrock, Andrew Chraplyvy, Bob Lucky, Dave Forney, Bob Gallager. Bell Labs hosted an “extra-ordinary” event April 28th for a man who built a juggling…
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Practical Advice for Would-be Entrepreneurs at Young Scholar Event at MIT

Money is not a constraint to start-up growth, says Alok Tayi, the co-founder of TetraScience, an Internet-of-Things company founded to modernize research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. He spoke last week at a symposium sponsored…
Ron Rivest

Marconi Fellow Ron Rivest Is Worried About Internet Voting

MIT Professor Ron Rivest, credited with the development of the encryption that allows secure transactions over the Internet, ought to know a thing or two about security. So when he says he is worried about moving toward Internet voting, people…
Michael Marconi Braga

Michael Marconi Braga Rejoins Marconi Board

Michael Marconi Braga, the son of Marconi Society founder Gioia Marconi Braga and grandson of Guglielmo Marconi, has rejoined the Marconi Society’s board of directors. Mr. Braga had an earlier stint on the board and was very involved with…
Marconi Young Scholars
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Young Scholars at the Royal

Yodit Stanton on Open Data, SAM Labs on IOT Tools and Ales Teska on IOT Security During the October 20th Marconi Symposium at the Royal Society, the Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars are presenting three talks. October 20, 2015 12:30…
Vint Cerf Visits Cuba
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Vint Cerf Visits Cuba

Marconi Fellow Vint Cerf gave an unusual talk recently in Cuba, providing an audience of Communications Ministry officials and recent computer science graduates with a history of the Internet and Google’s projects to bring it to less developed…