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RBTC and Rackspace Present Robert Scoble, “Beyond Mobile” Talk, Jan 25th

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Talk Summary:

Over the next decade we will look at our smartphone screens less and less as we use things like Magic Leap more and more. Augmented Reality is coming. Virtual Reality will take entertainment minutes away. Even if you use your mobile phone’s screen to watch a virtual reality event, it will be quite a different experience than staring down at a mobile phone in your hands.

Plus, you will look at, and interact with your world quite differently thanks to beacons, Internet of Things, new kinds of sensors and artificial intelligence systems to fuse data, analyze it, and present it in new ways.

Think this is science fiction? I’ll bring you a number of companies that are bringing futuristic technologies to you today, including in airports, football stadiums, and shopping malls.

We will talk about how cloud is everywhere in this new world and the trends that are soon to be hitting us, whether in self driving cars or augmented reality glasses, and how our businesses need to prepare now.

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Public Talk: Enigma Inside Out

Abstract:
The movie The Imitation Game introduced the world to Alan Turing and his work at Bletchley Park.  This talk will show you how the German cypher was really cracked.  We will take an in-depth look at how an Enigma machine encrypts and decrypts messages by passing electric pulses through mechanical rotors. Then we’ll delve into a brilliant exploit, invented by the Polish mathematician Marian Rejewski, that reveals subtle patterns in the cypher text to help reveal enigma’s encryption settings.  Finally we’ll look at the Bombe, the infamous machine featured in the movie designed by Alan Turning that was used to break the Enigma cypher.  This talk will be technical but also very accessible, with no knowledge of encryption or cryptanalysis required to understand the methods used to crack the code.  I will also demo realistic Enigma and Bombe software simulators, showing real-life examples of how to encode and break messages using the exact tools they had in Bletchley Park.

This event is being hosted by the Blacksburg office of Rackspace.

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