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Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, coauthors of the 2014 best-seller The Second Machine Age, will preview their new book at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Machine, Platform, Crowd brings together economics, computer science, and several other fields to present a practical, action-oriented guide to the changes and disruptions brought by the amazing technological progress of today and tomorrow.

Featuring:
Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

Job loss from automation is not inevitable. It is a choice. The fundamental technology design pattern is that economic activity increases and jobs grow when you use technology to do more, rather than just to cut costs. What is the nature of the “more” we should be doing? What are the policies that might encourage it? What is the future shape of the economy that we already see emerging and that we ought to be supporting if we want a better, more human-centered economy? Underwritten by EY

Featuring:
Tim O'Reilly, Charles Duhigg

Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes the Aspen Institute’s Raj Vinnakota. “It eases barriers to entry and provides tremendous leverage and ‘insider status’ for those who have it.” And for those who do not? They are increasingly shut off from opportunity and likely to have dramatically worse health outcomes. Today, the gap between those with and without social capital is perhaps the largest in history.

Featuring:
Michael Dorsey, Jenara Nerenberg, Casper ter Kuile, Nidhi Berry, Angel Kyodo Williams

Billions of people around the world do not have access to inexpensive and reliable energy that is critical for economic growth. At the same time, the world’s current energy choices lead to pollution that is shortening lives and causing climate change. Finding a way to balance the need for energy with its environmental consequences defines the global energy and climate challenge, perhaps the greatest challenge the world faces today.

Featuring:
Michael Greenstone

What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans (using fMRI) that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce.

Featuring:
Helen Fisher, Olga Khazan

When is the truth the truth, a lie a lie, and what constitutes mere BS in an era that many refer to as “post-truth”?

Featuring:
Geoffrey Stone, Larissa MacFarquhar, Fred Dust, Drew Endy, Russell Muirhead, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Yvonne Rolzhausen, Jack Rakove, Neal Katyal

Americans speak with many voices, and nobody hears more of those voices than the people they elect to represent them and to fulfill the various tasks of governing.

Featuring:
Julie Fedorchak, Ashley Swearengin, Mickey Edwards, Amanda Edwards

New legislation in front of Congress would make it legal to carry a concealed, loaded firearm from any state into any other, regardless of local laws governing concealed carry or gun ownership. But are all states the same when it comes to gun dangers? New York City has achieved an unprecedented drop in murder and other violent crimes, widely seen as because of its strong gun laws, making it the safest big city in America. Would a national concealed carry law reverse this trend?

Featuring:
Cyrus Vance Jr., Corby Kummer

Spend an hour with two of America’s best teachers, exploring the ups and downs of their experiences on the front lines of American education. What brought them to the classroom—and why did they stay? What do they wish parents and policymakers understood better about the life of a teacher? What’s changed the most about their jobs in the last few years? How do they focus on students' social and emotional development needs?

Featuring:
Nate Bowling, Leticia Ingram, Ross Wiener

Work, play, privacy, communication, finance, war, and dating: algorithms and the machines that run them have upended them all. Will artificial intelligence become as ubiquitous as electricity? Is there any industry AI won't touch? Will AI tend to steal jobs and exacerbate income inequalities, or create new jobs and amplify human abilities at work -- or, both? How can the global population adjust to the changes ushered in by artificial intelligence and its capabilities?

Featuring:
Andrew Ng, Jason Pontin

Just because robots can do jobs that humans otherwise do, does that mean that they should? This question becomes especially difficult when we task a robot with applying lethal force. At an alarming rate, militaries from around the globe are employing AI to optimize operations and build weapons systems (i.e. robots) to take on more and more roles and tasks previously undertaken by human warfighters. But we should first ask: What does it mean to give a robot the power and authority to kill?

Featuring:
Heather Roff, Alexis Madrigal, David Rothkopf

A cure for type 1 diabetes within six years? It is an audacious goal, but that’s the commitment made by City of Hope, a designated comprehensive care center with a long history of groundbreaking work in diabetes (including the development of synthetic insulin). Fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family, City of Hope is embarking on research that will investigate novel immunotherapy approaches and study methods of boosting and replacing insulin-secreting beta cells.

Featuring:
Bart Roep, Margery Perry, Phyllis Heydt

Mental health disorders are rampant in America’s correctional facilities — in many cases, our prisons and jails are the main providers of mental health treatment in their municipalities. Furthermore, prisons and jails routinely subject people with mental illness to environments that radically exacerbate their condition, often to the point of suicide or self-harm. Why do so many mentally ill people end up behind bars, and what are the consequences for those inmates?

Featuring:
Thomas Dart, Glenn Martin, Gillian White

A wide-ranging discussion of administration priorities for roads, bridges, and other complexities that challenge the nation’s infrastructure.

Featuring:
Elaine L. Chao, Joanne Lipman

What can a French modernist composer and a sitar-playing Indian rock-star teach us about the science of happiness? What connects a bombastic 19th-century symphony to 2016 research about the psychology of making decisions? This groundbreaking talk from Arthur Brooks, a former professional French hornist turned PhD economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a tour through timeless compositions from J. S.

Featuring:
Arthur Brooks

Recent scientific evidence has confirmed significant links between lifestyle habits and cognitive health, but the many reports are often confusing, and sometimes contradictory. What does the new research reveal, and where do knowledge gaps remain? Can we translate what we are learning into practical strategies for improving memory performance and optimizing brain health?

Featuring:
Gary Small

Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—and kill for it. The highest-ranking American currently fighting for ISIS is John Georgelas, a Texan whose dad was a US Air Force colonel. Who are the Westerners who join ISIS? Where do they come from? What do they believe? And most importantly, what can we do to stop them?

Featuring:
Graeme Wood, James Fallows

Individual genetic makeup and the genetic signature of diseases vary tremendously, but the goal of matching them with custom-tailored treatment remains in its infancy. Precision medicine, which uses the powerful tools of molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics, promises great advances. Much of the early focus of the field is on cancer, where researchers are studying tumor heterogeneity, therapeutic responses, and the patient characteristics that influence their interactions.

Featuring:
Victor Dzau, Elaine Mardis, John Torres, Mikael Dolsten

Beneath the tumble of day-to-day politics — the anger and crude attacks, the polarization and zero-sum thinking — vital democratic legacies are being squandered. To rebuild the moral and intellectual infrastructure of democracy, we need to reclaim the good name of essential public virtues such as moderation, civility, and compromise — once widely admired and praised, now often dismissed as weakness or even betrayal.

Featuring:
David Brooks, Peter Wehner, Michael Gerson, Amy Walter

Medical errors in hospitals rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and heart attacks, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. At least 200,000 preventable deaths occur annually in these institutions of healing, although some researchers say the true number may be double that. Hospital-acquired infections, diagnostic errors, and medication mix-ups are among the leading culprits.

Featuring:
Peter J. Pronovost, Carolyn Clancy, Julie Rovner

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