AIF Blog - Economy

June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. ...
May 30, 2018
Gary Marcus, Tim O'Reilly, Michael Chui, and Erik Schatzker (not pictured) talk about the impact of artificial intelligence on business.Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. The late Stephen Hawking said we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as HAL’s red eye? Or is it more complicated than that? What does a future powered by algorithms and big...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
March 23, 2018
 At a time that’s seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history, for many people in the West it doesn’t feel like things are getting better economically. And that feeling of being left behind has fueled populist movements that have upended traditional political systems across the United States and Europe. Tackling this paradox, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival panel discussed the merits and challenges of...
December 21, 2017
 Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, is featured in one of our most popular podcast episodes. He spoke at Spotlight Health in 2017. Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show features onstage discussions from Aspen Institute events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sit back, and enjoy our...
November 28, 2017
Mark Hoffman and Kevin O'Leary speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How do you successfully build a business? And is entreprenuership something that can be developed, or are you born with it? Kevin O'Leary is an incredibly successful entrepreneur and investor. He stars in ABC's Shark Tank and runs his own financial services company. Known as "Mr. Wonderful" on TV, O'Leary draws from his...
October 19, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How far have we come since Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? What do the events in Charlottesville, Virginia tell us about race relations in America today?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, sat down with Aspen...
September 26, 2017
 Tim O'Reilly speaks with Charles Duhigg at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. An increasing number of jobs are being performed by intelligent machines rather than humans, so what does that mean for our economic future? More than one-third of US jobs could be automated by the early 2030s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rather than fear this changing landscape, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of...
July 11, 2017
By Krishnadev Calamur, The AtlanticManufacturing’s share of U.S. employment has been on a steady decline since the end of World War II. In May, the figure touched 8.48 percent, the lowest level since the Labor Department first began keeping records in 1940. The decline has been linked to the growth in income inequality, the weakening of the American middle class, and the rise of populist politics. But as the country...
June 29, 2017
Tina Seelig is a professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She will speak at the Inside Creativity track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of...

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