Upcoming Events: Science & Technology
Is California Losing the Race for Global Innovation?Date: Tue, May 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Urgent challenges for Bay Area firms.
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.; President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Growing threats to California’s leadership in global innovation pose urgent challenges for Bay Area firms as well as national, state and local policymakers. California has already fallen to third position behind other U.S. states in innovation competitiveness. California’s biotech leadership is under threat from higher government R&D investment in countries like China and Scandinavia and more attractive regulatory regimes in markets such as Europe. In IT China’s rising export prowess and its growing restrictions on sales by foreign firms limit future growth and put increased pressure on margins. European regulators hold very different views on everything from Google’s competitive behavior and the safety of GMO crops to the need to let data cross national borders. In an array of emerging IT applications such as health, smart cities and mobile finance, foreign nations lead America. To top it off, Washington is consumed in political struggles, leaving little space for a robust innovation and competitiveness agenda.
In an informal dialogue, we will discuss the gamut of challenges, their potential impact and actions needed to sustain U.S. and California innovation-based competitiveness.
Rise of the RobotsDate: Wed, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
What course will our future will take?
Martin Ford, Author; Software Developer; Computer Designer
Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, physicians and even – ironically – computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots. As technology continues to develop, more and more traditional jobs will be shed. Unless we radically reassess our economic and political systems, some fear that this transition to extreme automation could result in massive unemployment, stark inequality and the implosion of the economy itself. Martin Ford, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, offers both a vision of this new technology and a call to arms to face its implications, made more potent by Ford’s own integral role in creating the automated future he describes. His warning rings clearly: robots are coming, and we must decide now what course our future will take.
Digital Gold, The History and Future of BitcoinDate: Tue, June 02, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With reporter and author Nathaniel Popper
Nathaniel Popper, Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Digital Gold
Believers in Bitcoin see it as a potential basis for a financial system free of banks and governments. So far it has made millions for some people and prison terms for others. National banking regulators are just beginning to set rules and regulations for bitcoin in light of recent scandals and its use by criminal enterprises.
Popper, who has covered the intersections between Wall Street and Silicon Valley for The New York Times, wrote Digital Gold, a best seller on the history of Bitcoin, the digital money and financial technology that is used globally. Join us for a discussion on the history and future of bitcoin and its impact on financial markets.
Cell Phones & Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened?Date: Mon, June 22, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM
The science of cellphone risk.
Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers and Schools Restrict Technology Overuse among Children?
Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D., Psychiatrist; Author, Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
Martin L. Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University
Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, M.D., Ph.D.; Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego
Suleyman Kaplan, Ph.D.; Professor in Medicine and Vice Rector, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey
Mary Redmayne, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Nesrin Seyhan, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Medicine, and Biophysics Dept. Head, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Devra Davis, Ph.D., MPH; Founder, The Environmental Health Trust; Author, Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family
Karl Maret, MD, M.Eng., President Dove Health Alliance; Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy.
Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Camilla Rees, MBA, Founder ElectromagneticHealth.org; Co-author, Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution – Moderator
Lloyd Morgan, Lead Author, Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern; Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust – Moderator
In the wireless generation, people have embraced and accommodated the cellphone, but how much physical harm could a tiny wireless device cause? A panel of distinguished researchers will review the science of cellphone risk, mechanisms of action, new genetic questions, and whether the IARC warning should be upgraded to "probable carcinogen" – or even "carcinogen." Special focus will be put on risks to children and the role overuse of wireless technologies may be playing in attention, functional and relational difficulties and risk to the elderly, where cognitive decline might be misconstrued as dementia. The program includes a light lunch.
How to Clone a Mammoth – The Science of De-ExtinctionDate: Thu, June 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Could mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life?
Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk, Tesla, Space-X and the FutureDate: Tue, July 28, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Ashlee Vance, Technology Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek; Author, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future; Twitter @valleyhack
Can the nation of inventors and creators, which led the modern world for a century, still compete in an age of fierce global competition? Vance argues that Elon Musk is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs. Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for The New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.