Technology and Foreign Policy


The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Robots and Beyond

Speaker: Peter Bock
Speaker: Paul Cohen
Speaker: Andrew McAfee
Presider: Amy Alving

George Washington University's Peter Bock, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Paul Cohen, and MIT's Andrew McAfee join Amy Alving, former chief technology officer of Science Applications International, to discuss recent innovations in artificial intelligence as well as the economic and security implications of these technological advances.

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Plugging In and Speaking Out: the Internet, the Public, and Policymaking

Speaker: Joe Trippi
Speaker: Lee Rainie
Presider: Drew Ladner

As more citizens turn online for information and opinions, the Internet plays an increasingly central role in empowering and shaping public involvement in the political process on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to the Dubai Ports controversy. As elections approach, join Joe Trippi and Lee Rainie for a discussion on how the Internet has changed the public’s role in policymaking, and how current trends may impact the future.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meeting

**You are welcome to bring a guest to this event.**

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CEO Speaker Series: Technology and Global Growth: A Conversation with Bill McDermott, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP

Speaker: Bill McDermott
Presider: Peter Cook

Against the backdrop of the global debt crisis and its lingering aftershocks, enormous technological changes have steadily unfolded. SAP, as the largest business software company in the world by sales, is at the center of how these technologies are changing the ways that businesses and governments operate, plan, and act on information. SAP Co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott shares his view on how SAP is dealing with the changing impact of technology on the global economy and on policymakers. He also addresses the potential of technology to help businesses around the world drive growth, jobs, and innovation.

This meeting is part of the Corporate Program's CEO Speaker Series, which provides a forum for leading global CEOs to share their priorities and insights before a high-level audience of CFR members. The series aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership.

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McKinsey Global Institute: The Net's Sweeping Impact on Growth, Jobs, and Prosperity

Research prepared by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey's Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice offers the first quantitative assessment of the impact of the Internet on GDP and growth, while also considering the most relevant tools governments and businesses can use to get the most benefit from the digital transformation.

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FT: Think Again

Author: Shawn Donnan

In his piece for the Financial Times Magazine, Shawn Donnan discusses Google's latest venture into the world of philanthropy: Google Ideas. Described as a "think/do-tank", it either amounts to a bold attempt to stretch the boundaries of corporate social responsibility, perhaps even to rewire the entire role of business in today's world -- or, with its brief to find solutions to some of the world's most intractable problems, the ultimate expression of new tech bubble bravado.

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Economic Policy Institute: Offshoring

Author: L. Josh Bivens

In his EPI guide, L. Josh Bivens reports on the ubiquitous offshoring of jobs that were once reserved for domestic labor and are now available to a foreign work force. The rise of internet commerce and technology enables positions to open up to international competition. In the past, these jobs were insular, excluding foreign labor. The offshoring trend has consequences on the U.S. economy.

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News Release

New Council Report Urges Two-Stage Compromise on U.S.-India Nuclear Deal

If Congress does not approve the U.S.-India nuclear deal, “it would damage the bilateral relationship,” concludes a new Special Report. Congress should adopt a two-stage approach: formally endorsing the deal’s basic framework, while delaying final approval until it is assured that critical nonproliferation needs are met.

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