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Every day, members of the President’s national security team gather in the White House Situation Room. Armed with the latest policy and intelligence reports, they debate options and make recommendations to the President for navigating a world more fluid and fraught with complexity than ever before.

For eight years, Antony Blinken was privileged to sit at this table, where he saw how some of our toughest, most urgent global challenges and goals reside squarely at the intersection of foreign policy and technology. What does the revolution in robotics mean for warfighting, or advances in artificial intelligence for labor markets, the advent of digital currencies for our sanctions regime, breakthroughs in genome editing for food security, or developments in distance learning for refugee children?

Yet, many of those grappling with these challenges at the highest levels of government are not necessarily technical experts. Learn how the country’s senior national security leaders sought to bridge the divide between policy and practice, innovators and diplomats, Silicon Valley and Washington, computers and humans—ultimately inspiring a new generation of problem-solvers to join the call to public service.

This talk zooms out and discusses how to structure our thinking about the really big picture—the key transitions in history that fundamentally changed the human condition, and the prospects of technological transformations, existential risk, and posthumanity that might lie ahead. This talk by Professor Nick Bostrom draws on his unique body of work over two decades in many relevant areas, including his books Anthropic Bias, Global Catastrophic Risk, Human Enhancement, and the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. 

Aneesh Chopra (Exclusively WSB)

From President Obama’s first full day in office to President Trump’s new Office of American Innovation, the United States has directed resources to foster a more open, innovative government. Aneesh Chopra served as the nation’s first chief technology officer and his legacy of private-sector collaboration, including his work with health and workforce data, continues to offer growth opportunities throughout the economy. His 2014 book, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government, describes the “impatient convening” role that government should play: opening up data and encouraging its use, convening the private sector in the design and adoption of standards, and fostering an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators to join in solving problems. 

In this enlightening presentation, Chopra explores:

  • Future possibilities for data innovation to improve key growth markets, including health care, energy, and education
  • How public data and private-sector analytic techniques can improve matchmaking between employers, job seekers, and training programs
  • Insights on how organizations can apply similar approaches to develop new products and deploy innovative services to meet growing customer demands

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

As director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the first Nobel Laureate to serve as Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu has been at the center of scientific advances for four decades. Referred to by MIT Technology Review as a brilliant thought leader who is uniquely “animated by solving problems,” Chu has played a pivotal role in reshaping the Department of Energy, to improve its ability to stimulate private sector investments in clean energy and energy efficiency, and to enhance its role as a knowledgeable and honest broker in the energy industry. Chu offers audiences invaluable insight on the critical challenges of today: how developments in science and technology not only make good sense for science but also for business and economic growth. Chu discusses the numerous scientific and technological advances that have been achieved to date, what exciting new opportunities lie ahead, and why and how clean energy research and applied policy will both improve our lives and our national prospects for growth in business and industry.

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

Oil, gas and nuclear power will be needed in the coming decades, even as we transition to increased renewable energy. Chu argues that the process of continuous improvement of best industrial practices in these energy sectors is also good business. The experience Chu gained while working on the BP oil spill, with the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board subcommittee on fracking together with his broad technical knowledge, have given him insights into how to cost-effectively improve the safety of oil and gas drilling. Similarly, the lessons learned in the melt down of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactors revealed a number of risks that can be mitigated at low cost with the adoption of existing and developing sensor technologies.

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

Developing efficient, affordable alternatives that serve to decrease the use of fossil fuels, minimize the dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and mitigate environmental concerns around the globe is a critical component of renewable energy research and technology. Steven Chu—recent U.S. Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and esteemed university professor—discusses with audiences the current state of clean energy, including the numerous cutting-edge advances that have been made over the course of the last four years and the myriad of government-industry partnerships that have been established, providing America’s innovators and entrepreneurs with a competitive edge in the global arena. In a dynamic and uniquely accessible fashion, Chu discusses the roles and responsibilities of government and industry in clean energy development and implementation, the transformative and positive impact of renewable resource advances on job growth, independence and prosperity and why and how renewable energy will give us, the U.S., an new set of economic opportunities. Chu also explores the development of specific business models that can best seize the economic opportunities, both domestically and around the world, in the transition to sustainable energy.

With the emergence of competitors like a resurgent Russia and a rising China, the advent of new technologies and military capabilities, and increased competition in domains like space and cyberspace, the United States can no longer take its technological edge for granted. Decades ago, most significant technologies originated in the United States, with the bulk of research and development sponsored by the Department of Defense. Today, while the government remains an important sponsor of innovation, the cutting edge of technological innovation in many areas has shifted to the commercial sector. And with a technology base that is now truly global, other countries are investing heavily to catch up. Flournoy will discuss the critical questions these new realities raise for industry leaders and policymakers: How can our national security community better access and leverage new commercial technologies to keep the country safe? How can we restore trust and improve the partnership between government and the tech community in the post-Snowden era? And how can traditional technology sources for government (e.g., defense contractors) be part of the solution in helping the government access and adapt cutting-edge technologies?

Andy Karsner (Exclusively WSB)

The world is burgeoning with new ideas, innovation and inventions that will transform our understanding of energy as a scarce, exhaustible resource. Which global market holds the greatest competitive advantage? What is the next major “game changer” for those seeking to be at the forefront of the future? How does all this rapid change offer you advantages in your household, in the markets, and on the global stage? During this candid presentation, Andy Karsner explores the political and business landscape to share with audiences an outlook of energy innovation that holds boundless opportunity for the bold. Having developed and funded energy projects on every continent—including oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, biomass—Karsner shares his experience and unmatched understanding of the potential for energy to become the catalyst for the next wave of economic transformation.

(Note:  Because of Karsner’s breadth and range of experience, this topic can be customized for audiences to do a deep dive into the elements of their priority and concern, such as:  current finance, investment, trade, policy and regulatory issues, as well as business segments and sectors, including power generation, oil and  gas, efficiency, technology, industry, and manufacturing.)

John Kerry (Exclusively WSB)

Looking beyond the uncertainty of today, John Kerry evokes optimism by challenging turbulent trends to provide audiences with an encouraging analysis of the current global political climate and a positive vision for the future. Drawing from a distinguished career as a veteran, public servant, and diplomat, Kerry discusses the continued need for commitment to effective diplomacy, negotiation and compromise in order to safeguard the future for generations to come. As a leader on the world stage and the face of U.S. diplomacy as the 68th Secretary of State, Kerry shares first-hand accounts from his tenure as secretary, discussing lessons learned from navigating some of the most important policy issues of our time, including:

  • Successfully halting Iran's progress toward acquiring a nuclear weapon
  • Creating opportunity and defining a new energy future through the Paris Agreement
  • Seeking to improve access to quality care for returning U.S. veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Contending with a resurgent Russia and capitalizing on China's quest for peer-competitor status

A relentless defender of diplomacy and one of the most effective statesmen in U.S. history, Kerry explains how to negotiate in times of crisis and be an agent of positive change in a rapidly transforming world. Providing a comprehensive look at global affairs, he offers audiences an uplifting outlook on the path to the future. 

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