Governing in a Time of Technological Change

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

This event is by invitation only.

The Hoover Institution hosts "Governing in a Time of Technological Change" on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 through Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The world is awash in technological change that is transforming the way we live and think. The Hoover Institution invites you to take part in a detailed examination of new disruptive technologies and the consequences they bring for civil society, governance, and global stability.

A still accelerating communications revolution has changed the ways in which Americans get and use information as they go to the polls, prepare for their careers, and choose their friends and other civic associations. The U.S. election of 2016 and its acrid aftermath have demonstrated how the breathtakingly rapid development of social media has brought people ever closer and yet driven them further apart at the same time.

We will examine how the enormous advances in efficiency and mobilizing capacity brought by cyber and other forms of computer science have also enabled foreign governments to meddle in elections, hold banks and power grids hostage, and rewrite the international norms of privacy, surveillance, and freedom of expression. Artificial intelligence and robotics are upending the national workplace and its wage and employment structure. The development of additive manufacturing, in which machines are programmed to produce cheaper, much more easily available and “smarter” goods---including sophisticated weapons and highly destructive explosives---grows in leaps and bounds.

These are among the topics that a dozen experts assembled by the Hoover Institution will discuss with each other, and with Stanford faculty and students, at a ceremony to be held in Hoover’s new Traitel auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sept. 28. The panel discussion, which will be chaired by George Shultz, will be followed by a question and answer period. It will be dedicated to the memory of the late Sidney Drell, nuclear scientist extraordinaire and legendary senior scholar at Hoover.


Wednesday, September 27
Time Content presenters

8:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast

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9:00 AM

Call to Order by Conference Chair Jim Hoagland
Opening Statement by George P. Shultz

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9:15-10:15 AM

SESSION 1
Title: Technological Change and the Workplace 

James Timbie

10:15-11:15 AM

SESSION 2
Title: Additive Manufacturing and Deglobalization  

T.X. Hammes

11:15-11:30 AM

Break

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11:30-12:30 PM

SESSION 3
Title: Biological Threats and Technology

Lucy Shapiro

12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch

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1:30-2:30 PM

SESSION 4
Title: Technological Change and National Security 

James O. Ellis

2:30-2:45 PM

Break

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2:45-3:45 PM

SESSION 5
Title: Technological Change and Strategic Stability

Raymond Jeanloz and Christopher Stubbs 

3:45-4:00 PM

Break

 

4:00-5:00 PM

SESSION 6
Title: Economic Impact of New Technology

TBD

5:00-5:30 PM

Closing Remarks by Jim Hoagland, James Timbie, and George P. Shultz 

 

5:30 PM

Meeting Adjourns

 

6:30 PM

Reception in Hatfield Courtyard 
Dinner in Stauffer Auditorium, Hoover Institution

 

 


Thursday, September 28
Time Content presenters

8:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast

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9:00 AM

Call to Order by Conference Chair Jim Hoagland

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9:15-10:15 AM

SESSION 7
Title: Hierarchy and Networks

Niall Ferguson

10:15-10:30 AM

Break

 
10:15-11:15 AM

SESSION 8
Title: US Politics, the Presidency, and Technological Governance

David Kennedy

11:15-11:30 AM

Break

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11:30-12:30 PM

SESSION 9
Title: Technology and Democracy – The View from Abroad

William Drozdiak

12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch

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1:30-2:30 PM

SESSION 10
Title: Language: The Most Disruptive Technology 

Charles Hill

2:30-2:45 PM

Closing Remarks by Jim Hoagland and George P. Shultz

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2:45-3:45 PM

PANEL
Title: Governing in a Time of Technological Change

George P. Shultz

4:00-4:30 PM

Q&A

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5:00 PM

Reception in Traitel Building Courtyard

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*All speakers are subject to change

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