AIF Blog - Technology

October 26, 2018
 Tristan Harris, founder of the Center for Human Technology, talks about tech's threat to humanity at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been under fire for not doing enough to combat fake news and misinformation online. Tech entrepreneurs are stepping in and designing programs that keep untruths from going viral. At the same time, these platforms, and many others, are...
June 27, 2018
Steve Case is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Revolution, an investment firm that partners with entrepreneurs to build “built-to-last” businesses, and chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife, Jean, in 1997. He co-founded America Online in 1985 and became its CEO and chairman, retiring as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003. He will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at...
June 25, 2018
Renee DiResta is policy head at Data for Democracy and research director at New Knowledge. She spoke as part of the Staying Human in a High-Tech World track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she shares advice on how to help stop the spread of disinformation across social networks. Watch and listen to the sessions she was featured in.What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? Misinformation...
June 21, 2018
The 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, in which some 450 presenters and 3,000 attendees from all over the world visit Aspen, Colorado to discuss the most pressing ideas and issues of our time, will take place from June 21 to June 30. Spotlight Health kicks off the Festival with three days focused on the politics and policy behind health, science, and medicine. If you can't make it to Aspen, here's how you can watch sessions...
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 31, 2018
 Ash Bhat is a tech entrepreneur working on projects around social impact. In 2017, he co-launched RoBhat Labs, which focuses on tackling the spread of fake news and misinformation. He will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Staying Human in a High-Tech World. You and your partner Rohan Phadte created a solution to catching bots on Twitter. Tell me about your efforts, and the motivation behind going...
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-...
April 25, 2018
NCSC Director William Evanina speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about cybersecurity at the Aspen Institute.As our lives become increasingly tech driven, we’re more vulnerable to cyberattacks, and our workplaces and government are too. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), says it takes a whole-of-nation counterintelligence and security effort to keep...
April 12, 2018
 Lisa Monaco, Dmitri Alperovitch, and Yasmin Green speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The news on the cybersecurity front doesn’t sound so good, especially if you listen to a panel of experts discussing “America’s Online Enemies” at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Cyberthreats are “more diffuse, more sophisticated, and more dangerous” than they’ve ever been, according to Lisa Monaco, who was President Obama’s...

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