Author Archives: Alan Tatourian

What the Moon has taught us

If something works, it’s obsolete ‒ 2010: Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke The reason for the huge successful NASA perhaps to this day is Jim Webb. He was at NASA only for six or seven years and he shaped it. When he became the first NASA administrator, James Webb collected all NASA managers and said: […]

5 H’s of Leadership

Watch Past International President Mohammed Murad from his 2018 Annual Convention session where he poses the question, is leadership for me? Find out how to answer this as he takes you through his 5 H’s of leadership: Head, Heart, Health, Humility and Happiness.   I have something which is called five H’s of leadership. The […]

Security Architecture for Cyber Physical Systems

Slides I presented at the Automotive Cybersecurity conference at Detroit on Friday. The main message is captured in the last bullet in the Summary: We do not know how to build 100% reliable systems, we only know how to manage risk – your system will fail and you have to build for failure. This was […]

Making Sense of Life

It was found that about 98% of atoms currently in your body will not be there in 1 year. Over the course of 5 years, nearly all atoms will be different. What that means is that physical matter is there only to support the structure of energy. We are really pure energy. Replace bridge with […]

Confucian ethics for Engineers

A very interesting overview of Confucian philosophy and its application for engineers. You can read the paper using one of the following links. Engineers’ Moral Responsibility: A Confucian Perspective by Shan Jing, Neelke Doorn Science and Engineering Ethics – Springer Nature The mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools […]

Malleus Maleficarum: Witchcraft through the Ages

Another interesting book presentation by Mütter Museum. What is described in it was only yesterday. And can we be confident that humans are any better today? Do not humans seek manifestation of demons in others to vilify entire groups of people? How many wars and holocausts based on similar prejudices have humans witnessed in the […]

On the Fabric of the Human Body

Historical Medical Librarian of the Mütter museum Beth Lander presents a 500-year-old book that started human anatomy. Dissection classes weren’t very common because sourcing cadavers could be difficult. The founder of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius, collaborated with local judges so that executions could be scheduled around his dissection needs! Ancient and Medieval Medicine Andreas Vesalius […]

Mechanisms by which Life self-assembles

This is a transcript of a lecture given by Michael Levin. Applications are for general artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies. Is it possible that some of the limitations of current machine learning is because people have really been focusing on imitating brains and especially human brain architectures? What would happen if we stepped way back […]

History of the C family of languages

To start the year with a smile. By Billy S. Hollis 1972 – The precursor to C, the language B, is developed at Bell Labs. The B language is fast, easy to maintain, and useful for all kinds of development from systems to applications. The entire team that designed the language is immediately fired for […]

How Toyota Changed the Way We Make Things

Don’t make irreversible decisions in the first place; delay design decisions as long as possible, and when they are made, make them with the best available information to make them correctly. Video by Bloomberg The Japanese Car Company is a corporate behemoth – but it’s done much more than just give us Corollas or Land […]