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Dan Reed
Salt Lake City, Utah
Presidential Professor, University of Utah
Interests: University futures, higher education, bioinformatics, innovation policy, multidisciplinary fusion, technology policy, spectrum and communication, innovation, clouds, geek toys, cloud computing, multicore processor architecture, science policy, computing education, international competitiveness, research tools and techniques, multidisciplinary collaboration, large-scale data centers, exascale computing, technology strategy, edge computing, AI
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If the personal computer is a bicycle for the mind, then a supercomputer is a carbon fiber composite racing bicycle. Continue reading
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The explosion of tailored communications and personal preferences can trap any one of us in a self-reinforcing echo chamber. Continue reading
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Find your passion; sign up; take some risks; make a difference. Your future self will thank you. Continue reading
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If you cannot recreate an idea from its elementary components, you do not really understand it -- knowing something is not the same as knowing the name of something. Continue reading
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The next time you see a janitor, stop, smile, and say thank you. The word will spread, far faster and far more effectively than via any memo. Continue reading
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Why is it culturally acceptable in the U.S. to say, “I’m bad at math and science” when few would willingly confess to semi-literacy by saying “I don’t read very well.” Continue reading
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The price of innovation keeps rising, the talent is following the money, and many of the traditional players – companies and countries – are struggling to keep up. Continue reading
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First principles computational modeling of biological processes inspires the imagination. Continue reading
The conflict between airlines and wireless carriers over 5G and radar altimeters could have been prevented by clearer and better coordinated policy leadership in Washington. Continue reading
Society has vouchsafed in us an extraordinary privilege and sacred trust, as scholarly stewards and explorers. Continue reading
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Johnny von Neumann’s draft report on EDVAC and the stored program concept transformed and codified modern digital computing Continue reading
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Public research universities are in the business of helping people. This is especially true in times of accelerating and disruptive change. Continue reading
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in so many ways – commerce and trade, personal livelihoods and economic vitality, family and social interactions, health and wellness (obviously), mobility and travel, and education, to name just a few. This global pandemic has... Continue reading
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There are heroes out there, individuals whose words and actions manifest deep and abiding principles, rooted in knowledge, experience, and wisdom. Continue reading
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The lesson of the stochastic cusp catastrophe: disruptions cannot be immediately inverted; complex dynamic systems involve hysteresis. Continue reading
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Resolving the global COVID-19 crisis depends on sound science, thoughtful policy, collaborative action, and clear communication. Continue reading
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It is hard presents to buy for geeks, though it is not too late. Continue reading
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The free ride from Dennard scaling is over; the von Neumann architecture is showing its age; and our hierarchical abstractions are now an intellectual box from which we must escape. Continue reading
As with any new approach, the combination of big data and machine learning brings both great opportunities and equally grave risks. Let us reason together. Continue reading
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Remember, the best way to predict the future is to create it. Continue reading
Utah is hosting The Air We Breathe, a symposium on air quality on October 3, 2019: https://cleanair.utah.edu/ Continue reading
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A few days ago, I had the opportunity and pleasure to chair a panel on AI as part of the David Eccles School of Business (DESB) Alumni forum at the University of Utah. Continue reading
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What motivates us to discover, to explore new frontiers? What unbroken causal chain connects a child’s boundless curiosity to the focused, but equally insatiable questioning of a trained researcher at the peak of their intellectual prowess? Continue reading
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I am pleased that I am being appointed to the National Science Board, where I hope to help the NSF continue to support and sustain scholars – young and old – and to advance scientific research and ensure national competitiveness. Continue reading
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What really happens when one writes a loop or invokes a procedure? Computer architecture as the big reveal Continue reading