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Why AI Could Be the Key to Taking Xerox to the Next Level
Xerox head on the company's latest innovations and the next big breakout technologies for the business
7 June 2018 | TechRadarPro
by Lawrence Lee, VP of Incubation and Strategy, Xerox

Xerox is developing a number of exciting innovations to help businesses communicate, connect, and work. ... AI is already appearing in our apps and solutions today. Take Xerox Easy Translate Service as an example, it constantly uses a learning engine to improve translation quality.

We see the continued impact of AI to improve the usability and reliability of our products and services, both through embedded sensing and intelligence as well as leveraging new technologies such as augmented reality to empower customers to learn how to perform a function or fix a problem.


Preparing for the Next Wave in Data Privacy
1 June 2018 | Alliance of Chief Executives LLC
by Warren Lutz

Ready or not, on May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect, establishing new requirements for protecting the data and privacy of European Union residents. But GPDR doesn’t just impact European businesses — it applies to any company, no matter where it is located, that offers goods and services and handles data on European customers.

Ersin Uzun, Vice President of R&D at PARC, a Xerox company, which helps companies develop technology, says there is a sense that GDPR is the first of more regulations that will change the dynamics of how organizations handle data. “All the informed players that I’ve been interacting with, expect this to be just the beginning,” he said. “There is a little bit of panic right now."


Momentary Lapses of Reason
25 May 2018 | NewElectronics
by Chris Edwards

The need for machine learning in systems that have to operate safely, means that researchers require a better understanding of how these technologies work and how they make mistakes.

…the University of Edinburgh [is] working with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) on one project under the explainable AI banner to infer models from analysis of the behavior of AI systems.


Companies Grapple With AI’s Opaque Decision-Making Process
Uber, Xerox’s PARC, Capital One among organizations investigating how AI solves problems
2 May 2018 | Wall Street Journal
by Sara Castellanos

Executives at companies such as Uber Inc. and the research and development arm of Xerox Corp. said at a conference Tuesday that they’re investing in an area of AI research called “interpretability,” in an effort to understand exactly how complex AI systems solve problems.

PARC, a research and development lab wholly owned by Xerox Corp., also has researchers devoted to transparency in AI, said Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, at the AI conference.

Not all problems require very detailed level of explainability, Mr. Kurtoglu said. But there are enough problems “where we absolutely need to build transparency into the AI systems, where we’d benefit as a society from the ability of those algorithms to articulate themselves.”


Even in Trump Era, Green Energy Innovation is Sparking, Not Sputtering
Congress has kept in place federal funds that support the key period when inventors have to build prototypes to show potential investors. Some corporations and states also help maintain momentum on clean energy.
27 April 2018 | Christian Science Monitor
by Mark Trumbull

The dozens of exhibitors in the [Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)] summit’s showroom, at a Washington convention center overlooking the Potomac River, ranged from nuclear and ocean-wave power to improved gasoline engines for cars. But they all have something in common: As ARPA-E award recipients, they’re expected to be laser-focused on using their grants to move a potentially viable product toward the marketplace.

Some of the projects push technological frontiers.

The Palo Alto Research Center, a Xerox company, is working with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a “micro chiplet printer” that could dramatically improve solar panels.


How to Build Startup Muscle Fast
27 March 2018 | Forbes
by Marshall Phelps, Contributor

Everybody knows that strong patents help decide the winners and losers of business competition — which is why companies applied for roughly 600,000 of them last year (though only half that number were granted). But there’s another, little-known way for companies to acquire the patents they need: they can simply buy them.

In January of 2017, Uber purchased 66 ridesharing patents and 10 patent applications from telecom giant AT&T. Uber has also acquired patents from other companies, including Microsoft, deCarta, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and Apparate International covering innovations in LIDAR (light detection and ranging for autonomous vehicle navigation) and other ridesharing-related technologies.


The US Military Wants AI to Dream Up Weird New Helicopters
20 March 2018 | MIT Technology Review
by Jackie Snow

DARPA wants entrants to rethink the way complex components are designed by combining recent advances in machine learning with fundamental tenets of math and engineering. One project selected for funding by DARPA is D-FOCUS, from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PARC, the research company spun out of Xerox.

D-FOCUS doesn’t come up with new designs from scratch but offers up alternatives to existing designs. If the early phase of the design process is automated, a human designer can explore more design options and compare trade-offs with each option before committing to a potentially very expensive plan, says Johan de Kleer, the PARC lead on the project.


The Present and Future of Flexible, Hybrid and Printed Electronics
9 March 2018 | Printed Electronics Now
by David Savastano

Dr. Janos Veres, program manager, novel and printed electronics, Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC), said that a little more than 10 years ago, printed displays, printed solar and even fully printed RFID were the promise. “They represented existing markets that were well understood,” Dr. Veres continued. “Significant investments were made in both by large companies as well as startups. These directions did not take off, mostly because…”


Xerox Named a 2018 Top 100 Global Technology Leader
23 February 2018 | Market Insider

For the sixth time since 2011, Xerox has been recognized as a Top 100 Global Tech Leader (formerly the "Top 100 Global Innovators”) by Thomson Reuters. Xerox received high marks for leadership in patent generation, corporate social responsibility and environmental impact.

"Xerox has a storied history of innovating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner,” said Steve Hoover, chief technology officer of Xerox. "Today we are on the cusp of a set of radical changes where technology at the intersection of the physical and the digital can make a huge difference in how work gets done.”

Research and development operations at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and the Wilson Center for Research and Technology are constantly at work defining and developing the next generation of the digital workplace, workflow automation and printing beyond documents.


Xerox PARC CEO on Industry 4.0 and the Packaging Internet of Things (video)
6 February 2018 | What They Think?
by David Zwang

PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu talks about what PARC is focusing on and how it may affect Industry 4.0 and packaging IoT in the near and mid-term future.


Xerox’s PARC Wants to Evolve Virtual Assistant Conversational Skills
The R&D lab is researching ways to create ongoing dialogue between human and bot
31 January 2018 | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
by Steven Norton

Half a century after helping revolutionize how people interact with PCs through its pioneering work in the graphical user interface, PARC is tackling the technology’s possible successor: the conversation-based interface.

The R&D lab wholly owned by Xerox Corp., in an effort to automate and improve manual workflows at the office, is researching technology that would allow human employees to have ongoing conversations with their digital counterparts.


PARC Begins Work on Printed Flexible Audio Speakers
Potential applications for FlexTech project include smart packaging, wearables and the IoT.
31 January 2018 | Printed Electronics Now
by David Savastano

The ability to communicate with consumers is not necessarily through visual keys alone. Audio capabilities are also an excellent approach. However, the development of cost-effective, mass producible, truly thin speakers has yet to take off.

PARC, a Xerox company, may have the key to unlocking this technology. In conjunction with FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, PARC researchers are working on a one-year project developing paper-like smart tags printed flexible audio speakers that could be used for smart tags, wearables and much more.


In Memoriam: Daniel G. Bobrow
28 December 2017 | AI Magazine
by Johan de Kleer

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) honors the life of Daniel G. Bobrow (1935–2017), a research fellow at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, former AAAI president and Fellow, Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and an early AI pioneer.


AI in 2018: Still More Hype than Reality, AI is Nothing to be Scared of Yet
Opinion: The decades-long quest for artificial intelligence has received a big boost in the past five years, but is still a long way from where it needs to go
28 December 2017 | Market Watch
by Terese Poletti

Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, said that what needs to be built into systems is a sense of self awareness “so that they can detect when they’re commanded to do something that is outside of their reliable and safe and secure operational regime. And that’s a really, really difficult problem to solve.”


The 1970s Conference That Predicted the Future of Work
27 December 2017 | Wired
by Leslie Berlin

In November 1977, some 300 executives and their wives flew in from all over the world on first-class tickets to spend four days in the sun at the Xerox World Conference. … Now, on the last morning of the last day, they had assembled for the highlight of the conference: Futures Day, an invitation-only demonstration of the Alto personal computer system developed at Xerox PARC, the company’s research center in Palo Alto.


Dynamic Development
22 December 2017 | Engineering Magazine

The third industrial revolution saw the transition from analogue or mechanical machines to digital manufacturing equipment. Now, with Industry 4.0, we witness the integration of automated, digitized machines into an intelligent industrial ecosystem.

A number of PARC’s research streams — automation, digital manufacturing, artificial intelligence and cyber security, for example — are fundamental tenets of Industry 4.0 says Markus Larsson, PARC VP for global business operations. 


Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Venture Gives Notice for Spaceship Flight Test This Week
10 December 2017 | GeekWire
by Alan Boyle

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has alerted the Federal Aviation Administration that it’s planning to put a brand-new New Shepard rocket ship through an uncrewed flight test at its West Texas spaceport this week.

All of Blue Origin’s test launches to date have been uncrewed, but the more recent tests have carried suborbital science payloads. Last week, Blue Origin and Xerox’s PARC lab announced a partnership to accelerate research and development in space.


The Philosopher of Palo Alto
9 December 2017 | OUPblog
by John Tinnell

Apple’s recent product launch on 12 September has cast into the mainstream technologies that were first envisioned by Mark Weiser in the 1990s, when he was Chief Technologist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Though Weiser died in 1999, at the age of 46, his ideas continue to inspire cutting-edge smartphone innovations. 


Behind the Scenes at Xerox PARC’s Futures Day - 40 Years Ago
1 December 2017 | IEEE Spectrum
by Tekla Perry

When we look back at history making tech demos, first on the list is typically Doug Engelbart’s 1968 “Mother of All Demos” that introduced windows, video conferencing, and the mouse.

Next on the list? How about Xerox Parc’s “Futures Day”? Futures Day wasn’t widely recognized before last month, but thanks to a couple of 40-year-commememorations, it is claiming its place in history.


Starting the Conversation: PARC’s Interactive Dialogue Systems Enable Organizations to Work Smarter and Communicate with Technology
27 November 2017 | HostingAdvice.com
by Laura Stamey

To hear Kyle Dent describe the explosion of voice technology over the past two years, seemingly everyone has a system controlled by speech. For instance, Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, and Google has an unnamed assistant — all ready to deliver information, control your thermostat, and learn exactly what you need.

The Research Manager’s team at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), however, began exploring the notion of conversational interactions with technology years before with the goal of helping businesses work more efficiently.


Ideas to Implementation: PARC Earns Our Editor’s Retail Choice Award for Innovation in Smart Packaging Technology
9 November 2017 | Deal Crunch
by Michael Senecal

One of the best-known names in tech research and development, PARC got its start in 1970 as a research division within office printing giant Xerox. Now the company partners with businesses and government agencies to bring innovations to market. A prime example is its work in the burgeoning smart packaging industry, which combines flexible printed electronics, sensors, and software to boost supply-chain efficiencies for brands and add consumer value.


The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint
Here’s the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time
31 October 2017 | IEEE Spectrum
by David C. Brock

PowerPoint emerged during a period in which personal computing was taking over the American office. [...] The groundwork for that invasion had been laid the previous decade, in the 1970s technosocial vision of the “office of the future.” It started, like so much of what we now take for granted in our contemporary world of networked personal computing, at Xerox’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) [PDF]. 


What Does it Mean When Your Home is Watching You? (podcast)
21 October 2017 | Science Island
by Leah Hitchings and Grant Burningham

Mike Kuniavsky, PARC scientist and author of "Smart Things," talks about smart objects, artificial intelligence and what our role should be in the Internet of Things.


Interview: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
18 October 2017 | Engineering and Technology Magazine
by Nick Smith

“There can’t be much doubt that Tolga Kurtoglu has one of the most exciting jobs in the world of technology innovation . After seven years in the wings, the new chief executive has taken up the challenge of one of the brainiest buildings on Earth.”


Future Auto Radar Goes Back to Analog
Analog Beam Forming, AI engine to boost radar
16 October 2017 | EE Times
by Junko Yoshida

Many carmakers, in order to increase the real-world situational awareness of their highly automated vehicles, have already accepted the necessity of literally surrounding every chassis with different types of sensors. What’s not given, however, is the quality of these sensors. How good, for example, are vision, lidar and radar sensors today, and how much better do they have to get?

Metawave Corp., spun out of PARC, a Xerox company based in Palo Alto, Calif., thinks it can alter what the automotive industry perceives as the “limitations” of conventional radars. 


In Offices of the Future, Everyone Will Have a Souped-up Amazon Echo-type Robot Assistant
28 September 2017 | CNBC: Make It
by Catherine Clifford

Ever have one of those days where you really wish you had a second set of hands? Or maybe an assistant?

In next generation offices, that may just be a reality, because everyone will have a robot helper, says Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of Silicon Valley research and development company PARC.

"You can think about how we have the Amazon Echoes and Google Homes at home and interact with them. And all of that data and all of that interaction would be delivered to people in a way that those agents understand the workflow, the task, the corporation hierarchy," says Kurtoglu to Recode's Kara Swisher.


PARC Spinout Metawave Adds A.I. to Metamaterials for Autonomous Cars
15 August 2017 | xconomy
by Benjamin Romano

Maha Achour co-founded Metawave early this year, spinning the company out of the storied PARC laboratories, a unit of Xerox, in Palo Alto, CA, with an exclusive license to commercialize metamaterials radar and antennas in two huge potential applications. Metawave co-founder and CTO Bernard Casse says Metawave is leveraging the rapid rate of progress in A.I. technologies to develop a series of algorithms for optimization, range-finding, and more. "What we want in the end… is a radar that’s smart, that can tell you there’s a child in your parking zone, that can discriminate between an SUV and a sedan, that can anticipate an accident by taking a look at traffic patterns,” he says.


Advancing AI by Understanding How AI Systems and Humans Interact
8 August 2017 | ITPro
by Todd Weiss

Artificial intelligence as a technology is rapidly growing, but much is still being learned about how AI and autonomous systems make decisions based on the information they collect and process.

"Machine learning is becoming increasing important," said Mark Stefik, a PARC Research Fellow who runs the lab's human-machine collaboration research group. "As a consequence, if we are building systems that are autonomous, we'd like to know what decisions they will make. There is no established technique to do that today with systems that learn for themselves."


Set the Page Free in the Modern Workplace: A Silicon Valley POV
4 August 2017 | Xerox Connect
by Greg Pings

“The invention of the future will depend as much on ethnographers and psychologists as engineers” says Dave Biegelsen, a Research Fellow and charter member of PARC, a Xerox company. Biegelsen and PARC have been at the center of Silicon Valley since before it was called Silicon Valley. When they asked if the paperless office was imminent, Biegelsen and his PARC cohorts spent the next 47 years setting the page free. That is to say, they invented the technologies that have since allowed “the page” to transcend print and enter the digital realm.


Humans and AI Will Work Together in Almost Every Job, PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu Says
The iconic Silicon Vally R&D firm, formerly known as Xerox PARC, is actively working on “trustable” artificial intelligence.
17 July 2017 | Recode
by Eric Johnson

Artificial intelligence is poised to continue advancing until it is “everywhere” — and before it gets there, Tolga Kurtoglu wants to make sure it’s trustworthy. “A really interesting project that we’re working on is about how to bring together these AI agents, or computational agents, and humans together, in a way that they form sort of collaborative teams, to go after tasks,” Kurtoglu said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “And robotics is a great domain for exploring some of the ideas there.”


PARC CEO Sees Humans and AI Collaborating
17 July 2017 | AndroidHeadlines
by Daniel Fuller

Artificial Intelligence is a topic that almost always includes discussions of human jobs disappearing, but PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu sees humans and AI working together to tackle things that neither could do on their own. Essentially, Kurtoglu and his people want to bring AI’s intelligence, judgment and built-in ethics up to the level of being trustworthy, and close collaboration with humans is one way that the company is looking at doing so.


As Xerox PARC Turns Forty-Seven, The Lesson Learned is that Business Models Matter
1 July 2017 | Forbes
by Tendayi Viki

During its early years,  Xerox was not able to capitalize on the market potential of the research and development that was getting done at PARC. … In 2002, PARC was spun off as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox. Since then, the organization has reinvented itself. It is now at the forefront of innovation and sustainable profitability. It has developed amazing software and hardware innovations that are used by large corporates, startups and the government.


The Early Days of Ethernet
1 July 2017 | OS News
by Thom Holwerda

Nowadays, we take Ethernet for granted. We plug a cable jack into the wall or a switch and we get the network. What's to think about?

It didn't start that way. In the 1960s and 1970s, networks were ad hoc hodgepodges of technologies with little rhyme and less reason. But then Robert "Bob" Metcalfe was asked to create a local-area network (LAN) for Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His creation, Ethernet, changed everything.


The iPhone, Xerox PARC and the IBM PC Compatible
30 June 2017 | OS News
by Thom Holwerda

There's no denying the iPhone has had a huge impact on the world, and that the engineers at Apple deserve all the credit and praise they're getting for delivering an amazing product that created a whole new category overnight. However, there is a distinct difference between what the iPhone achieved, and what the people at Xerox PARC did, or what IBM and Microsoft did.

The men and women at PARC literally invented and implemented the graphical user interface, bitmap graphics, Ethernet, laser printing, object-oriented programming, the concept of MVC, the personal computer (networked together!), and so much more - and all this in an era when computers were gigantic mainframes and home computing didn't exist.


3D Printing News Roundup
DARPA Chooses Siemens, Xerox PARC and Others for New Research Project into 3D Design
30 June 2017 | 3ders.org

TRADES is a project that seeks to further develop computer-aided design software to fabricate complex objects through the use of existing manufacturing methods, including 3D printing technology.  PARC is the main innovation wing of Xerox, and it has significant 3D printing expertise that it can bring to this multimillion-dollar project.


DARPA to Push Limits of CAD Design With Multimillion Dollar Research Program
29 June 2017 | 3D Printing Industry
by Beau Jackson

Siemens, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University (MSU) and PARC have been chosen to work on DARPA’s TRAansformative DESign (TRADES) research program.
Saigopal Nelaturi, PARC researcher and TRADES project lead explains, “Our work will enhance the ability to create, optimize, and fabricate these extremely complex designs by providing engineers access to tools that define the designs in terms of simple programs.” Nelaturi adds the simple programs will automatically optimize design parameters for an object, and determine the best settings for fabrication.


Charles P. Thacker Dies at 74; Helped Design Early Personal Computer (at PARC)
14 June 2017 | The New York Times
by Katie Hafner

Charles P. Thacker, an electrical engineer who played an early, central role in some of the most important ideas in personal computing and computer networking, died on Monday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. 

In the 1970s, Mr. Thacker was part of a group that designed the first modern personal computer, the Alto, working out of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, known as PARC.


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity (OE) Delivery & Energy Reliability Announces Investment in New Research to Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience through the Expanded Use of Distributed Energy Resources
13 June 2017 | Energy.gov
by Patricia A. Hoffman

The OE is investing nearly $10 million in early stage research intended to help utilities make more informed decisions about — and expand the deployment of — distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaics, combustion engines, and energy storage systems onto the grid.

PARC’s TRANSENSOR: Transformer Real-time Assessment Intelligent System with Embedded Network of Sensors and Optical Readout project is one of seven projects selected for funding. PARC will develop, prototype and demonstrate TRANSENSOR, an innovative, low-cost optically based monitoring system that will increase the capacity of grid infrastructure to accommodate accelerating the integration of distributed energy resources.


Rise of the Machines: Who is the “Internet of Things” Good For?
Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality — ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all — but how can it?
6 June 2017 | The Guardian
by Adam Greenfield

What links these wildly different circumstances is a vision of connected devices now being sold to us as the “internet of things.” The technologist (PARC Researcher) Mike Kuniavsky, a pioneer of this idea, characterises it as a state of being in which “computation and data communication [are] embedded in, and distributed through, our entire environment.” I prefer to see it for what it is: the colonisation of everyday life by information processing.


How Silicon Valley Became a $2.8 Trillion Neighborhood (animated timeline)
30 May 2017 | Business Insider
by Corey Protin, Matthew Stuart and Matt Weinberger

Silicon Valley is a name that is synonymous with the technology industry, but when and how did this small area of California become the center of the tech world? The area's transformation happened gradually, over a period of more than 100 years. Here's how.

...in 1970, Xerox opened its PARC lab in Palo Alto.


Ethernet Turns 44
22 May 2017 | Enterprise Networking/Planet
by Sean Michael Kerner

At the foundation of all modern networking is Ethernet which was "born” on May 22, 1973. Bob Metcalfe presented his networking model, now known as Ethernet, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

Metcalfe's invention 44 years ago paved the way for the modern internet and the connected networking world we all enjoy.


Xerox Forum: Connecting Your Network!
Under the “Connecting Your Network” theme, the 2017 Xerox Forum focused on business growth opportunities in today’s dynamic graphic communications market.
18 May 2017 | WhatTheyThink?
by Barb Pellow

In the opening keynote address, Xerox Chief Technology Officer Steve Hoover and PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu discussed how technology will open a myriad of new opportunities and markets for the printing industry.
Xerox has a number of tools and strategies in place to support its customers on this technology journey. PARC is clearly taking the digital printing market even further. Kurtoglu discussed some printing advancements that go far beyond traditional paper. He talked about functional printing advancements that bring additional functionality to what is produced. Application examples of functional printing include printed electronics and RFID.


Tech and Your Job: Changes Ahead
8 May 2017 | Xerox Corporation
by Viveca M. Woods

Will robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) take your job? That’s not the question you should ask. Instead, your inquiry should look at how the nature of our jobs will change.

PARC CEO Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu believes the next generation of work will be defined by computational agents that function “… with robots and [artificial intelligence], and put them with humans in collaborative ways to solve increasingly complex tasks together.” He’s talking about the interface between human and machine, which remains a major focus of PARC’s research.


Swinburne Partners With PARC, a Global Leader in Technology Innovation
3 May 2017 | Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne has signed a new partnership agreement with PARC, a Xerox company, to globalise the university’s strengths in data science, data driven manufacturing systems and smart structures. 

“We’re excited to work with Swinburne to develop innovative programs in the areas that are impacting the growth of the IoT and industrial IoT,” PARC’s Director of Business Development Aki Ohashi, says.


New Electric Bike with Fitness Tracking Technology Debuts for Silicon Valley Workers
KGO-TV/ABC7 News footage shot at PARC
2 May 2017 | KGO-TV/ABC7 New
by Janine De la Vega

PARC was looking for a way to help ease the commute and parking for its employees so it invested in the e bike stations. 

"It's kind of a win-win. They're not only a fun alternative way to commute, but it also decreases the number of cars and the traffic congestion around the area and the number of cars parking out here," PARC COO Rob McHenry said.
"I got up this hill really easy earlier. I don't think I'd sweat too much on a bike like that so I'd be cheating a little bit I wouldn't be burning as many calories if I used that system, makes the ride a lot nicer," PARC employee Tim Curley said.


You’ve Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented “Almost Everything”
21 April 2017 | Wired
by Leslie Berlin

Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt to tell me about Taylor—Schmidt worked in Taylor’s Silicon Valley computer science lab as a graduate student—Schmidt said, “Bob Taylor invented almost everything in one form or another that we use today in the office and at home.”

For the generation of tech companies in the 1970s and early 1980s, the essential cluster was at Xerox PARC—and its leader was Bob Taylor. Taylor’s lab was of such high caliber that at the time Stanford professor Donald Knuth called it “the greatest by far team of computer scientists ever assembled in one organization.”


Who’s at the Wheel?
The Autonomous Vehicle and Its Impact on Leadership
19 April 2017 | SpencerStuart
by Lisa J. Caswell, Christina E. Coplen, Jonathan R. Visbal

The driverless car was once heralded as an innovation even too futuristic for The Jetsons. Sure, George Jetson drove a flying car, but it still had a steering wheel and he was clearly at the helm. A different future has arrived, and the days of an actual human getting behind the wheel and piloting a car may soon be as distant a memory as rabbit-ear TV antennae.

Indeed, leaders in this space need to possess a broad vision that goes well beyond current needs. “They need to be provocative as a futurist,” says Steve Hoover, former CEO at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and now CTO of Xerox Corporation. “They need not to wait for the future to be clear, but to invent the future before others can see it.”


How Bob Taylor Assembled the Team That Invented Personal Computing: An Appreciation
17 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Michael Hiltzik

The team Taylor led in the 1970s at Xerox PARC, the company’s fabled Palo Alto Research Center, invented the Alto, the world’s first personal computer, as well as the laser printer, the Ethernet local area network, the graphical computer display, and other pioneering advances in computing hardware and software. It’s safe to say that the computerized world that occupies our attention from millions of desktops, laptops and smartphones can be traced to Taylor’s leadership and his vision of the computer as an interactive communication device. That includes the Internet, the earliest version of which Taylor funded in the late 1960s as a civilian research director at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency.


(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert W. Taylor, Visionary Figure in the Birth of Personal Computing and the Internet, Dies at 85
15 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Michael Hiltzik

As one of the original laboratory chiefs at the fabled Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, he supervised the work that produced the first personal computer; the graphical user interface that was the model for Microsoft Windows and the AppleMacintosh display; the laser printer; the Ethernet local network; and many more advances.


(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert W. Taylor, a Pioneer of the Modern Computer, Dies at 85
14 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Esmeralda Bermudez and Michael Hiltzik

Robert W. Taylor, one of the most important figures in the creation of the modern computer and the Internet, has died. He was 85.

(At) Xerox’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center, ... he oversaw the engineering team responsible for such inventions as the personal computer, Ethernet and the visual computer display.

The native of Texas became intrigued by Xerox’s research on the West Coast to develop technologies for the “paperless” or digital office. Taylor’s concept, and those of the scientists he brought in, was that the computer should be a personal device with a high-quality display.


(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
14 April 2017 | The New York Times
by John Markoff

Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Robert W. Taylor, who died on Thursday at 85 at his home in Woodside, Calif.

Indeed, few people were as instrumental in shaping the modern computer-connected world as he.


Where Physical Meets Digital
The interface of humans and technology is a major focus for PARC’s chief executive
10 April 2017 | The Engineer
by Stuart Nathan

PARC has not been Xerox’s captive R&D division for nearly two decades, being spun off into an independently run although wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002. But on a visit to the UK recently, PARC chief executive Tolga Kurtoglu told The Engineer that the heritage of the company is probably the main thing that most people outside its immediate community know about.


These Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests
Some coders go from one marathon hacking session to another, subsisting on prize money and schwag.
4 April 2017 | Bloomberg
by Lizette Chapman

In March, Procter & Gamble hosted a hackathon in Redwood City, California, to promote Febreze plug-in scent dispensers and be inspired by new ideas for future products. Organizers invited Xerox’s PARC, Nest, Google, Amazon Alexa, cloud platform startup Arrayent and other companies promoting connected homes to attend so they could showcase their own technologies enabling connected Febreze dispensers. In exchange for $10,000 and prizes — including a PARC internship — dozens of developer teams slept in shifts during the 48-hour event to build the best project.


Executive Interview: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC
Palo Alto Research Center – formerly Xerox PARC– is the home of the modern computer. We speak to its new CEO about innovation.
3 April 2017 | ComputerWeekly.com
by Cliff Saran

“In 2002, PARC was spun off and we changed our business model from being a captive R&D center for Xerox to being an innovation center. We practice an open innovation business model. Today, the business model is to provide R&D services and work as an innovation partner for companies ranging from startups to global market leaders, as well as government clients in the US,” says Kurtoglu.


PARC CEO Discusses the Present and Future of Tech Jobs and the Implications for the Larger Society (audio)
2 April 2017 | NPR / KALW Radio
by Marty Nemko

Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, also discusses the implications of the use of robots, sensors, and artificial intelligence, and the many people whose jobs will be displaced.

Note: This program will be archived on www.KALW.org


Your Life in AI’s Hands: The Battle to Understand Deep Learning
Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives
31 March 2017 | TechRepublic
by Nick Heath

Technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have laid out a vision of the future where AI agents will help people in their daily lives, both at work and at home: organizing our day, driving our cars, delivering our goods.

But for that future to be realized, machine learning models will need to be open to scrutiny, says Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC.  "There is a huge need in being able to meaningfully explain why a particular AI algorithm came to the conclusion it did," he said, particularly as AI increasingly interacts with consumers. "That will have a profound impact on how we think about human-computer interaction in the future.”


ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Self-Fluffing Fabrics and the World’s Coolest Paint
10 March 2017 | IEEE-Spectrum
by Evan Ackerman

We know, paint is so boring that watching it dry (which is arguably the most exciting thing that paint ever gets to do) is the absolute standard of ultimate boredom. But a new paint that Xerox PARC was demonstrating at the ARPA-E expo is literally the coolest paint we've ever seen, and it could have an enormous impact on energy efficiency all over the world. 


Mobile Ordering Lets Customers Cut in Line — and That’s a Problem
26 February 2017 | Venture Beat
by James Glasnapp, PARC (guest author)

I’m a social scientist who specializes in ethnography. Focusing on the user is at the forefront of my work, and it also seeps into my personal life, because I am a user of so many things myself. As a result of my hyper-awareness of UX, I’m often tortured by my own experiences with products. One area in which I see need for improvement is the experience of mobile ordering versus physically standing in line.


New Tech Makes Brain Implants Safer and Super Precise
22 February 2017 | Singularity Hub
by Shelly Fan

When Jan Scheuermann volunteered for an experimental brain implant, she had no idea she was making neuroscience history. ...Scheuermann had two button-sized electrical implants inserted into her motor cortex…but there are issues with electrodes. To get around these issues, a team from Harvard and Palo Alto Research Center went back to the drawing board. Recently, they published research on a new type of implant made of tiny, thin copper coils embedded in silicon. Unlike its predecessors, the microcoil uses magnetic waves rather than electricity to stimulate the brain.


“Hair-Like” Brain Implant Could Simulate Vision in the Blind
10 February 2017 | Med Device Online
by Suzanne Hodsden

Researchers at PARC have developed a “hair-like” implant that rests on the surface of the brain and stimulates neural activity with magnetic fields generated by microscopic coils. In a study published in Science Advances last year, Harvard researchers demonstrated proof of concept, using the prosthesis in mice to stimulate whisker movement.


Self-Destructing Gadgets Made Not So Mission Impossible
9 February 2017 | IEEE Spectrum
by Jeremy Hsu

Self-destruct options from the Mission: Impossible movies could become a reality for even the most common smartphones and laptops used by government officials or corporate employees. A new self-destruct mechanism can destroy electronics within 10 seconds through wireless commands or the triggering of certain sensors.
Creating a self-destruct option that works quickly and is compatible with today’s semiconductor chips is no small trick. In 2015, Xerox PARC showed off a self-destructing chip made on strained glass that could shatter within 10 seconds when triggered by a laser. That was developed as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa’s) Vanishing Programmable Resources program. 


This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
Harvard Medical School is testing a new design of a brain implant meant to restore vision to the blind.
9 February 2017 | MIT Technology Review
by Tom Simonite

Next month, tests will begin in monkeys of a new implant for piping data into the brain that is designed to avoid that problem. The project is intended to lead to devices that can restore vision to blind people long-term.

The three-year project is supported by a multi-million dollar grant under the BRAIN initiative, created by President Obama to improve scientists’ understanding of how the brain works. “At the end of that we hope to have monkeys be able to navigate a maze, just by perceiving light and dark or basic geometric patterns,” says Bernard Casse, a researcher at the PARC research institute, owned by Xerox, where the new implant design was invented.


A New Boss Ponders the Past and Future of the Fabled Xerox PARC
21 January 2017 | LA Times
by Michael Hiltzik

Few executives have moved into new jobs as freighted with history as Tolga Kurtoglu. When he became chief executive of Xerox PARC on Jan. 10, he inherited the legacy of one of Silicon Valley’s most revered institutions. ...

Kurtoglu, who joined PARC in 2010 after working at Dell and NASA’s Ames Research Center, alludes to that past even as he looks ahead to PARC’s future. He says that among its core interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning, and “integrating devices, systems, and computing.” One can hear excitement rising in his voice as he describes how sensors and high-level computing can create “a whole set of new capabilities” for technologies including self-driving cars, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality. “PARC is going to be right there,” he says.


These Paper-airplane Drones May One Day Save Your Life
DARPA is funding autonomous cardboard airplanes that can carry medical supplies
12 January 2017 | recode
by April Glaser

A new research project funded by DARPA, the United States military’s experimental technology arm, has developed an autonomous drone made out of cardboard that can fly twice the distance of any fixed-range aircraft because it’s disposable. The drone only goes one way.

ICARUS is part of DARPA’s larger Vanishing Programmable Resources initiative, which funds research into hardware that can dissolve and become unusable when triggered.

Watch a video demonstrating dissolving glass developed by PARC, a Xerox research and development company that has been a recipient of funding under DARPA’s VAPR program.


How “2001” Got the Future So Wrong (podcast)
11 January 2017 | SOONish
by Wade Roush

Technology journalist Wade Roush discusses how the future portrayed in the1968 film “2001: a space odyssey" is quite different than the future we got. Roush asked Lawrence Lee, PARC’s former Senior Director of Strategy, about thinking, talking computers and Lee states the business case for or against them. (This section starts at 16 mins. 07 seconds.)


Xerox’s PARC Gets a New CEO: Tolga Kurtoglu
10 January 2017 | xconomy
by Bernadette Tansey

Xerox, which is taking its traditional printing business into the digital age with new products such as smart labels, is also re-configuring its business units and drawing on in-house talent to fill some top spots.


ESI/PARC Partnership Targets Improved Product Performance Predictions
26 December 2016 | Engineering.com
by Alex Smith

As product design moves more and more into the virtual world, ESI Group (ESI) has been at the forefront of virtual prototyping for some time. The computer-aided engineering (CAE) vendor helps companies optimize their design process by using software solutions to test product designs thoroughly before committing to physical prototyping. This capability is now expanding with the announcement of a long-term strategic partnership between ESI and PARC, a Xerox company.


Xerox Names Steve Hoover Chief Technology Officer
21 December 2016 | News.Xerox.com

Xerox has named Steve Hoover, as chief technology officer, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Hoover currently serves as chief executive officer of PARC, A Xerox Company.
Hoover will be responsible for research and product development, reporting to Jeff Jacobson, CEO of Xerox following the company’s separation. In this role, Hoover will oversee the Xerox global research centers including the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the Xerox Research Centre Canada and the Xerox Research Centre Europe, as well as Xerox’s globally distributed product development and engineering capabilities.


Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
20 December 2016 | EE Times
by Rick Merritt

Researchers at PARC aim to develop a platform for distributed sensors made on a flexible substrate and powered by a 900-MHz RF link. The work is one of 18 building-automation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy geared to reduce wasted energy.

PARC hopes to stage demonstrations within 18 months of peel-and-stick temperature and humidity sensors and an RF hub to power them. The sensors target costs of less than $10 while the hub would send micro-joules of energy distances initially up to 10 meters and cost less than $100.


PARC to Develop Peel-and-Stick Sensors to Track the Internet of Things
20 December 2016 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi

PARC, the research company owned by Xerox, has pioneered a lot of technologies for the personal computer and mobile revolutions. And now it’s moving on to the Internet of Things.

Today, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is announcing it has secured money from the U.S. Department of Energy to create sticky sensors that can be used to monitor the Internet of Things. You just peel the labels off these sensors and stick them in places where they can wirelessly monitor other devices by radio frequency power.


What Carpoolers Really Want
Who will build the great disruptive carpooling app of the 21st Century?
14 December 2016 | The Atlantic: CITYLAB
by Laura Bliss

A return to the golden years of carpooling could save Americans tens of billions annually, according to an analysis by Governing magazine. But the services that so far exist haven’t had the earth-shattering effect on mobility patterns that, say, regular ride-sharing has had. For all its potential, it seems the great, disruptive carpooling app of the 21st century hasn’t yet arrived. The technology exists. So what’s missing?
James Glasnapp, a user-experience researcher with Xerox’s R+D firm, PARC, has a few ideas.


Magnetic Stimulation May Provide More Precise, Reliable Activation of Neural Circuitry
Microcoil implants allow more selective activation of targeting neurons than possible with electrodes
9 December 2016 | Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed what appears to be a significant improvement in the technology behind brain implants used to activate neural circuits responsible for vision, hearing or movement. The investigators, who are also affiliated with the Boston VA Healthcare System, describe their development of tiny magnetic coils capable of selectively activating target neurons in the Dec. 9 issue of Science Advances. (PARC researchers Florian Fallegger and Bernard Casse are co-authors of the Science Advances report.)


A Short History of the Most Important Economic Theory in Tech
Twenty years ago, PARC visiting researcher W. Brian Arthur popularized a concept that forever changed Silicon Valley — with a little help from Cormac McCarthy.
7 December 2016 | Fast Company
by Rick Tetzeli

This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review’s most influential articles ever, “Increasing Returns and the New World of Business,” by theoretical economist (and PARC visiting researcher) W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Netscape had gone public the previous summer, launching Internet 1.0, whose startups heartily embraced the idea. Even now, the theory of increasing returns is as important as ever: It’s the heart of the success of companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb.


ESI Signs a Long-term Strategic Partnership with PARC, a Xerox company
7 December 2016 | Digital Journal

ESI Group, leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the signing of a long-term strategic partnership with PARC, a Xerox company. The partnership initially focuses on expanding and industrializing PARC’s advanced research project on Fault Augmented Model Extension (FAME), initiated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


My Battle to Save My Dad
PARC scientist Marzieh Nabi has used the trauma of her father’s cancer to develop ground-breaking insights into comorbidity.
30 November 2016 | Xerox Agents of Change

As the daughter of a math teacher in a small Iranian town, Marzieh Nabi took an early interest in solving difficult problems. When her father developed complications from brain cancer, she put her analytical mind to work in hopes of saving his life. Today, her continuing work in this area holds great promise and is enabled by her research role at PARC, a Xerox company.


Nine Requirements for a Successful Private Ridesharing System
29 November 2016 | TechCrunch
by James Glassnapp, PARC

The future of urban mobility is rapidly changing as drivers look for safer and more effortless ways to move from point A to point B. While autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, ridesharing options are expanding beyond Uber and Lyft to incorporate drivers of single-occupancy cars to accept other riders on their commutes.


PARC: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
17 November 2016 | EE Times
by R. Colin Johnson

The future of the Internet of Things (IoT) is clear, according to the inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming, amorphous silicon. The clear future of IoT will be transparent, flexible and self-powering, said Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres, at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona).


A New Technology Sees Through Walls — and May Save Your Life Someday
A hyper spectral camera could let smartphones find counterfeit money or spot the ripest peach.
2 November 2016 | The Fiscal Times
by Jacqueline Leo

I met Alex Hegyi, one of MIT Technology Review's 2016 “Innovators Under 35,” at EmTech, a conference held at MIT’s Media Lab. He said his goal was to make hyperspectral technology “cheaper than anything that's out there and also small enough to fit inside a cellphone. That could dramatically change the way just about anyone looks at the world.”


PARC CEO, Experts Discuss Digital Transformation
At Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016, the CEO of PARC brought three experts on stage to talk about digital transformation. InformationWeek found time after the session to go deeper into the subject.
2 November 2016 | Information Week
by Curtis Franklin, Jr.

Xerox PARC (now known as "PARC, a Xerox Company") has a long and storied history in the computer industry. Known as the research center from which any number of innovations sprang, PARC still has a reputation as one of the places where pure research takes place on projects that might not have a direct impact on the products we use for years, or even decades.

At this year's Gartner Symposium ITxpo, PARC CEO Steve Hoover led a panel on digital transformation. Joining him on the panel were Victoria Bellotti, a research fellow at PARC; Gillis J. Jonk, strategy consultant and business innovator at A.T. Kearney; and Gytis Barzdukas, head of product management at Predix, part of GE Digital.


Your Future Smartwatch Might Be Printed With An Inkjet Printer
1 November 2016 | Science
by Gabriel Popkin

Imagine getting the latest smartwatch or a high-tech heart attack warning detector from your inkjet printer. Researchers have taken a step in this direction by printing cheap, reliable arrays of transistors—the key components of modern electronics—and using them to carry out elementary computing tasks. The work might someday help usher in a new era of organic, flexible consumer electronics.

...imperfections might be ironed out as a product moves to commercialization, says Janos Veres, a flexible electronics expert at PARC, a research institution in Palo Alto, California. He applauds the study for showing a novel way to print and protect organic circuit components, and imagines future labels or sensors containing stacks of not just two, but many transistors, perhaps working in concert with silicon chips or other technologies. “Ultimately we do see the opportunity to print microchips,” he says.


Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner
26 October 2016 | EBN Online
by Jennifer Baljko

Still a young market with its potential yet to be defined, the global flexible electronics market is poised to see compounded annual growth rate of close to 67% between  2016 and 2020, according to Technavio analysts.

It helps that a US Department of Defense-backed organization is also pushing the envelope in this area. 

NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, recently announced the first four recipients (out of eight contracts awarded) from the institute's inaugural project call. Among them is Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and their partner, University of California at San Diego.


Tales in Tech History: The Computer Mouse
15 October 2016 | TechWeek Europe
by Tom Jowitt

The original mouse was created by Engelbart and his team at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This was back in 1964 and the mouse later made its first appearance in 1968 during a 90-minute presentation on a “computer-based, interactive, multiconsole display system."

In 1971, a computer engineer (Bill English) joined Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). English has previously worked for Engelbart and had actually built Engelbart’s invention in the 1960s. He evolved the design with the creation of the “Ball Mouse”. This is where the user’s hand sat on the ball itself to manoeuvre the pointer around the screen.


Why Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory Killed off a Brilliant Carbon-Neutral Fuel
The project Foghorn was meant to take CO2 from the oceans and turn it into fuel, but it was a dream too far ahead of its time.
13 October 2016 | Fastcoexist
by Adele Peters

"The process that we're using, in short, essentially shifts the pH of the ocean," says Matt Eisaman, one of a team of PARC scientists who originally developed the technology. By sucking ocean water into a tank and making it more acidic, it's possible to collect CO2 as a gas. Using another process, it's possible to also pull hydrogen from the water. If the CO2 and hydrogen are reacted together, they become a liquid fuel.


PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry: Her Ph.D. and Her Research (video)
9 September 2016 | The Computing Research Association

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and its education committee (CRA-E) produced videos of young researchers with Ph.D.s who are now working in industry. PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry was selected to share her thoughts about pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science and her research on predictive analytics, using machine learning and data mining.


For Compactness and Ruggedness, Linear Variable Filters Fit the Bill
Innovations in design and scalable manufacturing have led to the development of linear variable filters that cover a broader wavelength range than ever before
9 September 2016 | Photonics.com (Photonics Spectra)
by Trey Turner, Eric Baltz and Roger Kirschner, Research Electro-Optics, Inc.

Peter Kiesel, principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC), a Xerox company, has invented a technology that can measure wavelength variations with sub-picometer resolution. It combines photodetector position sensors with a linear variable bandpass filter that converts spectral wavelength into an intensity distribution on the position sensor. A centroid calculation of the intensity distribution provides the very accurate wavelength information.


Xerox Beacon Technology Brings Retail to Commuters
4 September 2016 | ReadWrite
by Cate Lawrence

The Shop and Ride beacon and app system, powered by Xerox, is promising to deliver personalized, hyperlocal, mobile offers to transit riders based on their preferences and travel patterns. 

Beacon technology placed in local bus shelters and at merchant sites communicates with the app so users are notified of existing offers in the area or at a particular store. With a single touch, riders can save a coupon to redeem it immediately or at a later time.

The app grew out of research conducted at Xerox’s storied R&D facility PARC, working in concert with other Xerox innovation efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings.


Researchers Envision Ultrathin, Flexible Circuit Boards
Group explores potential for paper-like electronics to revitalize U.S. manufacturing
3 September 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
by Don Clark

“We are very interested and curious about democratizing manufacturing,” said Janos Veres, program manager for novel and printed electronics at Palo Alto Research Center Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp. Flexible electronics, he said, “will open up a whole new raft of business models.”


NASA Spotted Methane Gas Leak from Space — PARC IoT Sensors Detect Here on Earth
1 September 2016 | Forbes
by TJ McCue

NASA recently reported that it spotted the major methane gas leak at Porter Ranch, California, from space. That is a pretty big leak. In fact, the Porter Rancher leak is the biggest natural gas disaster in U.S. history.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), PARC, a Xerox company, is deep into developing a methane detection system that uses sensor arrays fabricated on polymer substrates that contain printed low cost sensors designed to detect “fingerprints” for methane and other gases.


DOE’s BENEFIT Initiative Seeks Low-Cost Building Sensors
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding three multi-year projects to create either passive or active RFID sensors that can collect temperature, humidity or other environmental data for use by building-management systems.
31 August 2016 | RFID Journal
by Claire Swedberg

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched three RFID-based sensor projects as part of a $19 million investigation into identifying ways in which technology can make energy efficiency more accessible in homes, offices, schools, restaurants and stores. 
PARC, a research and development company owned by Xerox, is developing a sensor with printed antennas using technology devised through its Novel Electronics program, according to David Schwartz, PARC's manager of energy devices and systems. The data collected from the sensors will be managed by software provided by building controls solutions company Energy ETC. The sensors are expected to measure temperature and humidity levels.


John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75
26 August 2016 | NY Times
by John Markoff

Mr. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early 1980s, after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, Calif. … He moved to Northern California in the early 1970s to work for the Xerox Corporation at its Palo Alto Research Center. At the time, Xerox was designing a desktop computer, known as the Alto, which would become an inspiration for the Apple Lisa and Macintosh, and for Microsoft Windows. Inside Xerox, the Alto was known as an “interim Dynabook,” a reference to the prototype for a portable machine envisioned by the Xerox computer scientist Alan Kay.


A new type of camera could let smartphones find counterfeit drugs or spot the ripest peach.
23 August 2016 | MIT Technology Review
by Rachel Metz

No matter how good your smartphone camera is, it can show you only a fraction of the detail Alex Hegyi can with the one he’s built at Xerox’s PARC in Palo Alto, California. That’s because Hegyi’s camera also records parts of the spectrum of light that you can’t see.

(MIT Technology Review named Alex Hegyi as one of 2016's "Innovators Under 35.")


Most Impressive Young Innovators to Watch
Check out the people who are spinning the science and tech fields forward.
23 August 2016 | Inc.
by Kevin J. Ryan

Meet the next generation of world changers.

MIT Tech Review revealed its 35 Innovators Under 35 today, highlighting disruptors and advanced thinkers in a variety of fields. The science- and tech-focused list included several winners in the health and medicine fields, plus a few people innovating in rapidly expanding fields like drones and artificial intelligence.  ...winners include (PARC's) Alex Hegyi, who invented an invented an advanced consumer camera that detects things like counterfeit drugs and spoiled food.


Seven Current and Former UC Berkeley Engineers Named Top Innovators Under 35
23 August 2016 | UC Berkeley News
by Robert Sanders

A UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow hoping to develop wearable sweat sensors for better health monitoring and a young assistant professor who helped pioneer “deep learning” to create more dextrous robots are among this year’s top innovators under 35, a list compiled each year by MIT Technology ReviewTwo electrical engineering and computer science Ph.D. alumni — Alex Hegyi, 29, now at Xerox’s PARC, and Oriol Vinyals, 33, now at Google DeepMind — also graced the list.


Productivity, Inequality and the 'Profound Impact’ of the Personal Computer
Computers have been a double-edge sword in a sense, as they’ve completely reshaped the labor market
12 August 2016 | U.S. News & World Report
by Andrew Soergel

Thirty-five years after IBM rolled out its Personal Computer and helped change the way the world accesses information, the jury's still out on whether the rise of the machines has helped or hurt the labor market.

Entire industries have been born over the last few decades out of an increasingly computerized world. IBM and competitors such as Compaq and Apple pushed one another to fast-track cutting-edge computer technology, and innovative outfits like Xerox's PARC – Palo Alto Research Center Inc. – helped make modern-day technological staples such as the laser printer, Ethernet connection and even the computer mouse possible.


Carnegie Mellon Team Tapped to Help Build Self-destructing Drones for Defense Department
11 August 2016 | TribLive
by Aaron Aupperlee

The U.S. military wants drones, gliders or other airborne delivery vehicles to vanish once they safely send supplies or intelligence to troops, aid workers or agents in hostile territory or behind enemy lines. And researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on it.

DARPA expects to distribute about $8 million in grants. In June, it awarded a $2.3 million grant to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center; a $2.9 million grant to DZYNE Technologies, an aircraft design, production and analytics firm headquartered in Arizona; and a $3 million grant to MORSE Corp., an engineering firm in Cambridge, Mass.


Ride More, Save More: Transit Riders in Hoboken, NJ Reap Rewards with New Digital Couponing App
Shop and Ride, Powered by Xerox: Hoboken, New Jersey is partnering with Xerox and AR James, a local transit advertising agency, to bring this new digital couponing app to mass transit riders.
10 August 2016 | Business Wire

The app grew out of research conducted at PARC, A Xerox company, working in concert with other Xerox research and development efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings. Shop and Ride joins other Xerox urban mobility projects being deployed around the world.


An Affordable Approach to Hyperspectral Imaging
2 August 2016 | Novus Light
by Dave Wilson

Many different types of hyperspectral imaging systems are currently deployed in a range of applications including remote sensing, machine vision, surveillance and security, and defense. However, despite their novel abilities, they have found a limited market due to the size and expense.
Now, researchers at PARC, led by Dr. Alex Hegyi, have developed a new novel hyperspectral imaging system that could be added at minimal cost to existing camera sensors, such as those commonly found in cell phones and other consumer electronic devices.


Restoring Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto, day 4:
What’s running on the system
31 July 2016 | Ken Shirriff’s blog
by Ken Shirriff

This post describes our continuing efforts to restore a Xerox Alto. We checked that the low-level microcode tasks are running correctly and the processor is functioning. (The Alto uses an unusual architecture that runs multiple tasks in microcode.) Unfortunately the system still doesn't boot from disk, so the next step will be to get out the logic analyzer and see exactly what's happening.


The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
29 July 2016 | Xconomy.com
by Bo Begole

PARC VP of Public Sector Operations, Rob McHenry, was a panelist at Xconomy’s Robo Madness West 2016 conference last month. Some of the topics of the question-and-answer panel included: How will humans and machines work together in the future? Will social robots be nothing more than robotic digital assistants like those on smartphones, or are there new opportunities and challenges when we put an AI brain into a robotic body? What are the risks and ethics around AI systems?

Panel moderator, Bo Begole, VP and Global Head of Huawei Technologies’ Media Lab, provides highlights from the discussion.


A GoogleX and PARC collaboration to develop “sea fuel”
26 July 2016 | SolveforX.com

In early 2014, GoogleX and PARC collaborated on a project to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by developing “sea fuel” — a new type of liquid fuel created from seawater. An end-to-end prototype of the system was built, and it worked.

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