AIF Blog - Technology

March 21, 2017
Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next? What will define the next decade? Drawing from his highly-praised New York Times best-seller The Industries of the Future, Alec Ross provides a view into the forces that will carve...
February 14, 2017
Joi Ito, author of "Whiplash" and director of the MIT Media Lab, sits down with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble. In his book Whiplash: How to Survive Our...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
December 20, 2016
Author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says the world has entered an age of dizzying acceleration, and in this episode, he explains how to live in it. His latest book Thank you for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations delves into mega changes in terms of computing power, the global economy, and the environment. How do these changes interact? How do we...
December 13, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. He served in the early 20th century and was the Court’s first Jewish justice. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, about Brandeis’s relevance in today’s political climate, and...
November 01, 2016
When Amazon launched, it employed just ten people. Now it’s one of the largest retailers in the world. CEO Jeff Bezos describes what companies need in today’s fast-paced, high tech business environment. He explains how Alexa is different from Siri and why he decided to invest in the Washington Post and an aerospace company. AOL Cofounder Steve Case, Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, and Aspen...
October 11, 2016
Gill Pratt in June at Aspen Ideas 2016.Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live. Imagine intelligent, autonomous vehicles that reduce crashes and robots that can help your aged grandma move around safely. In this episode, Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, talks with John...
September 23, 2016
Adam Segal with the Council on Foreign Relations talks about internet control in China at Aspen Ideas 2016.Since President Xi Jinping took power in China, there’s been a notable change, according to a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Panelists see signs of government control, economic tensions, and military expansions. Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign...
September 06, 2016
In a rare interview, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency weighs in on the global security scene and explains the current risks to the United States. John Brennan is interviewed by Dina Temple-Raston, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR, at the Aspen Security Forum. Even though the Islamic State, or ISIL, has lost territory in the Middle East, it continues to be a “global menace,” according...
August 26, 2016
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, admits technology is replacing jobs that humans used to do, but ultimately he sees tech as a partner rather than a job-killer. ”I do want technology that is fundamentally going to bring out the best in us,” he says, “and give us the avenues to be more creative, and provide us with the impact that we all seek to have in the world.”Still, a recent product from Microsoft takes a...

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