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Metcalfe’s Law and the Ethernet

The man who helped create the Ethernet is speaking at this year’s star studded COSM conference

The man who helped create the Ethernet is speaking at this year’s star studded COSM conference in Bellevue, Washington. The winner of the prestigious 2022 Turing Award, Bob Metcalfe paved the way for billions of computers and now smartphones to be connected to the Internet. He is also known for the concept behind Metcalf’s Law, which states that the value of a network depends on the square of how many devices can use it. A true pioneer in the field of computing, you won’t want to miss Metcalfe at this year’s COSM conference. For now, here’s an interview between Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jay Richards and Metcalf himself at COSM 2021. (REGISTER NOW FOR COSM 2023) COSM is an exclusive Read More ›

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Is It Really the End for Silicon Valley or Just a Reboot?

A COSM 2021 panel looked at the effect of remote work, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, on iconic locations like the Valley

“Is It the End for Silicon Valley?” was one of the discussions at COSM 2021 (2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2021). It featured The conversation turned on whether, in the internet age, one needs to work in any specific locality, like Silicon Valley. Some of their comments relating to where people will live in relation to their work and the problems they will face are transcribed below: Work where you live or live where you work? — How can Silicon Valley keep its people together in the age of the internet? Babak Parviz: We have a title, “Is this is the end of Silicon Valley, as in the space is no longer important. It’s going to be localized and you Read More ›

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Bob Metcalfe, Mastermind Behind Ethernet, to Speak at COSM 2021

An engineer and entrepreneur, he considers his work on Ethernet his "good fortune"

This November, COSM 2021 will feature some of the best minds in business, science, and technology to tackle questions about and problems with the future intersection of these fields. Bob Metcalfe is an engineer and an entrepreneur, most famously known for his involvement in the invention of the Ethernet in the 1970s, what he has called “the plumbing of the internet to customers.” For this work, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in addition to the IEEE Medal of Honor. He went on to co-found 3Com, formulate a law named after himself (more on that later), and become the Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches today. “The story Read More ›