Short Takes: Birdbox; The Cult of 5G; Simulating Quantum Computing with Linux and FOSS
Date and Time
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Kiran Thakur , Undergraduate Research Assistant , University of Rhode Island - kiranthakur uri edu
Seth Elkin-Frankston - selkinfr gmail com
Seth, Bob, and Kiran discuss several topics of interest
Seth discusses BirdBox, a Raspberry Pi-based smart bird feeder he developed. BirdBox is a camera set up in his parents' backyard, built to live-stream 24/7 video to detect and classify birds, provide high-level bird statistics, and serve as a gallery of detected birds.
Bob discusses how 5G is essentially a deceptive effort to revive the obsolete businesss model of the pre-Internet telephone system.
Kiran discusses his research at the University of Rhode Island on quantum computing and quantum algorithms.
Kiran Thakur is studying electrical engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He's an Undergraduate Research Assistant at URI's Wearable Biosensing Lab under Professor Kunal Mankodiya, working on research in linear optics, photonic band gaps, physical implementations of quantum systems, quantum computing, and quantum algorithms.
Seth Elkin-Frankston is Bob Frankston's son; he was was born and raised in Boston, has a PhD in Neurobiology, is a Research Scientist for the U.S. Army, and has zero background in ornithology.
Bob Frankston is probably best known as co-creator of the original spreadsheet application, VisiCalc. His detailed bio is at http://rmf.vc/bob_frankston_bio [rmf.vc]