A Message from Vint Cerf, 
Marconi Society Chair

From India to Colombia,
the Celestini Program Expands

I am pleased to start 2019 with an update about the Celestini Program and an invitation to learn more about the high-impact projects that our Young Scholars are leading.
As I mentioned in my 2018 wrap up, the Celestini Program, started in 2016, has now touched five developing countries and is currently operating in four.  It has provided over 50 undergraduate students in developing countries with the opportunity to define a problem that is important in their local community and to use communications technology to solve that problem.
We start the year with a new website dedicated exclusively to the Celestini Progam and the impact it is having for university students around the world. 

Young Scholar Joseph Kakande started the Celestini Program in Uganda, where it focused on reducing maternal mortality rates and ran for two years. Under the leadership of Young Scholar Aakanksha Chowdhery, the Celestini Project India has completed its second year.  It addresses issues of pedestrian traffic fatalities and air pollution and will start its third year this summer.  The goals for our newest countries are detailed on the website.  We are delighted that each year more Young Scholars participate in the program and that the Marconi Society can offer them the opportunity to help manage projects in different countries.
I hope that you will be as enthused as I am when you read about these projects. We welcome your support and engagement. Here are some ways you can help:
  • To help provide funds for needed lab equipment, software or other materials for hands-on learning, please contact us.
  • To make introductions to organizations or individuals who would like to fund student stipends, internships or further expansion in the countries we serve, please email us.
  • To donate directly online to support our students, please click on this link.
Thanks in advance for your support.

Vint Cerf

Paul Baran Young Scholar Award
Deadline is February 15, 2019

Expert Perspective

Artificial Intelligence and Information Theory

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The best way to confound a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) is to ask him or her to define the natural intelligence he/she is supposed to reproduce in electronic machines. Indeed, the criteria for intelligence are so numerous and confusing: aptitudes for analogy, creativity, written and oral communication, etc.
There is one, however, whose objectivity cannot be questioned: the proportions of the innate and the acquired in the development of the brain. 

News About Marconi Fellows
and Young Scholars

Young Scholar Rajalakshmi Nandakumar speaks with Ira Flato on Science Friday about her groundbreaking work,recently published in Science Transactional Medicine, to create an app that detects opioid overdoses.  Listen. 

Marconi Chair Vint Cerf stands up for Google employees protesting the company's work with the government. "I call it morality." Read More.
Marconi Fellow Bob Metcalfe on artificial intelligence: AIs are most likely not going to kill jobs. They will handle parts of jobs, enhancing the productivity of their humans. Read More
We remember Dr. Lawrence Roberts, who oversaw the implementation of the Arpanet. A friend and colleague of many in the Marconi Society, including Fellows Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn and Len Kleinrock, Dr. Roberts will be very much missed. Read More.

Marconi Society Young Scholar and Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Joe Lukens, is interested in frequency-based quantum information processing as an approach to making the quantum Internet a reality. By using ideas and models from the current Internet, Lukens believes that we can bring the benefits of the quantum Internet to people more quickly and in a more scalable way.

Marconi Fellow and Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Robert Kahn, shares his views on Digital Object Architecture.

The Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation is one of the top prizes in the Broadcom MASTERS® competition, honoring technical excellence, innovation and creative thinking. Young women are walking away with the award in greater numbers than ever.

Save the Date

May 17, 2019
Marconi Society Young Scholar Symposium, Stanford University Speakers and topics to be announced soon.

May 17, 2019
Marconi Society Awards Dinner, Silicon Valley
Honoring the 2019 Marconi Fellow and Young Scholars. Details to be announced soon.

With Gratitude to our Supporters


Established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Laureate who invented radio, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of key technology and policy issues in telecommunications and the Internet, and recognizes significant individual achievements through the Marconi Prize and Young Scholar Awards. More information may be found at  www.marconisociety.org .

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