AIF Blog

June 29, 2014
Tonight's featured film at the Aspen Ideas Festival is popping up all over the news this week. Read more about it on TIME, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes. Catch the film tonight at 8 PM in Paepcke Auditorium. (Tickets available at teh door.)The Internet's Own Boy tells the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS...
June 29, 2014
Colorado marijuana TCH content is said to be twice as strong as the national average. Addictive markets, such as alcohol and tobacco, rely on approximately 20% of consumers, their most habitual and abusive users, for 80% of their profit margin. Is Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco? On June 27, the eponymous event, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight: Health, featured Ben Cort of the Center for Dependency,...
June 28, 2014
 “By virtue of remote presence devices, I was able to travel all over the world while lying in my bed.” — Henry Evans  (quadriplegic)  “Most creativity in this world comes from collaboration.” — Walter Isaacson  “The creative impulse is in human beings like blood, which has different types, but is in every one us of us.”  — Alfre Woodard  “Having people work three months just to pay taxes is the modern day...
June 28, 2014
The machine age has given us a glorious gift.  We now have data about nearly everything in the world.  Businesses get masses of sales, logistics and performance data on a regular basis.  Individuals get data collected by their cars, thermostats and even health monitors like FitBit hooked to their bodies.  And, from the world of social, we have an unending flow of posts, tweets, videos and blogs that theoretically...
June 28, 2014
How will we all get around in the future?  The car you drive in 10 years may look a lot like the car in your driveway today – on the outside, at least. Inside, vehicles will be more advanced than anything most of us can imagine now. Society is on the cusp of a transformation in how we think of mobility.  Vehicles of the future will make our lives safer, greener and more convenient.  These cars will help the driver...
June 27, 2014
What makes a life worth living? For many of us, it’s our relationships with our families and loved ones, the ability to follow our passions, excel at work, and improve opportunities for ourselves and future generations.While tremendous efforts are underway to prevent deaths worldwide, guaranteeing survival is not enough. We must also strive to ensure that every human lives a life of quality.Nearly half the world’s...
June 26, 2014
At the opening session of Spotlight: Health — the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival — all in attendance were asked to consider: What is the one thing that we need to do by 2024 to improve the health of the world? Eleven speakers rose to the occasion, taking the stage to share their ground-breaking suggestions with the audience. Our last blog post featured the first five "big ideas...
June 25, 2014
Aspen Public Radio is proud to continue its long-term partnership with The Aspen Institute to bring you another summer of informative and stimulating keynote lectures. NOTE: This is the schedule of the lectures/events Aspen Public Radio plans to broadcast. Due to the fluid nature of the Aspen Ideas Festival lineup, this schedule is likely to change with limited notice.Wednesday June 25th9am-10amTHE ASPEN LECTURE:...
June 25, 2014
At the opening session of Spotlight: Health — the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival — all in attendance were asked to consider: What is the one thing that we need to do by 2024 to improve the health of the world? Eleven speakers rose to the occasion, taking the stage to share their ground-breaking suggestions with the audience. Below are five of these "big ideas" to improve our...
June 24, 2014
Medical schools and teaching hospitals play a unique role in the nation’s health. Nowhere else do physicians and scientists teach the next generation of health professionals while conducting groundbreaking research that bring the latest treatments, technologies, and life-saving care directly to patients in clinical settings. These institutions provide over one-fifth of all health care and a disproportionate level of...

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