AIF Blog - Technology

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...
April 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
March 15, 2018
 Julia Ioffe, foreign policy reporter for The Atlantic, speaks with Russian journalists Galina Timchenko and Alexey Kovalev at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Galina Timchenko was editor in chief at Lenta.ru, the most popular news website in Russia, until she was fired in 2014. After being dismissed, her coworkers issued a statement saying she was sacked to make room for a new Kremlin-controlled editor in chief. They...
February 16, 2018
 Journalist Thomas Friedman speaks with MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2017. Machines are making decisions humans used to make. The world’s five most valuable companies are tech firms. The Internet is a source of collective wisdom for people seeking solutions to myriad problems. It would be hard to overstate the dramatic impact artificial intelligence and increased...
November 02, 2017
 Daniel Kraft and Deborah DiSanzo speak at Spotlight Health in June. Can artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize medicine and ultimately replace doctors?  Now more than ever, doctors are relying heavily on machine-learning technologies like IBM Watson to mine repositories of health data, recognize trends, and respond with potential treatments. Deborah DiSanzo, global general manager for...
October 12, 2017
  Co-authors of the book "The Runaway Species," David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt speak at Aspen Ideas. Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t squirrels design elevators? And, why don’t alligators invent speedboats to catch their prey? What makes humans so special? “The answer has a little bit to do with opposable thumbs,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “but it has a lot more to do with what’s going on in...
October 03, 2017
 Steve Clemons speaks with Jeffrey Sachs at Spotlight Health in June. In an op-ed column, world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs writes, “the White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread.” Sachs, who has advised former UN secretaries general and Senator Bernie Sanders, says he’s distressed about the political and social...
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...

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