Governing In A Time Of Technological Change

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts a panel discussion "Governing in a Time of Technological Change" chaired by George P. Shultz on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Hauck Auditorium located in the new David & Joan Traitel Building. Following the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer period. This event is dedicated to the memory of the late Sidney Drell, nuclear scientist extraordinaire and legendary senior scholar at Hoover Institution.

This event is free and open to the public. There is ample seating and no formal registration required.

Event Details

The world is awash in technological change that is transforming the way we live and think. Panelists will examine new disruptive technologies and the consequences they bring for civil society, governance, and global stability. Discussion will focus on how the enormous advances in efficiency and mobilizing capacity brought by cyber and other forms of computer science have 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,  more easily available, and “smarter” goods---including sophisticated weapons and highly destructive explosives---grows in leaps and bounds.


  • George Shultz (chair/moderator) is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard
  • T.X. Hammes is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
  • Jim Hoagland is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Raymond Jeanloz is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of earth and planetary science and astronomy and a senior fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley
  • David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University
  • Ernie Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, emeritus and special adviser to the president at MIT
  • Sam Nunn is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • William J. Perry is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies
  • Lucy Shapiro is a professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where she holds the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research; she is also director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine
  • Christopher Stubbs is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a professor of physics and of astronomy at Harvard University
  • James Timbie is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and served as senior adviser at the State Department from 1983 to 2016

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