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The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have | 03/23/17
Bonnie Rochman, Joanne J. Myers
Scientists already have the ability to edit genes to treat hereditary diseases, and to screen in vitro embyros for such diseases. Where will these evolving technologies lead? Will developing "designer babies" increase the already growing divide between rich and poor? What are the ethical issues involved and how do we regulate this new frontier?
Breaking Barriers: The Air Force and the Future of Cyberpower | 03/13/17
Lt. Gen. William Bender
The Air Force is heading America's efforts to modernize and secure its digital infrastructure and incorporate cyberspace into every aspect of its operations. Learn more in this talk with Lt. Gen. Bender, the Air Force's chief information officer and the leader of nearly 55,000 cyber operators.
A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order | 03/03/17
Richard N. Haass
Concerned about where the world is heading? Don't miss this measured and comprehensive overview from Richard Haas, in which he lays out the global situation facing President Trump and what may lie ahead. Topics include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Russia, NATO, the UN, and the main factor behind job losses.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow | 02/27/17
Yuval Noah Harari
Soon, humankind may be able to replace natural selection with intelligent design and to create the first inorganic lifeforms, says Noah Yuval Harari. If so, this will be the greatest revolution since life began. But what are the dangers, and are they avoidable?
Panel Discussion on Geoengineering - Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) | 02/22/17
Simon Nicholson, Douglas MacMartin, Jane Long, Pablo Suarez, Jennifer Morgan, Oliver Morton, Janos Pasztor
C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the climate--a prospect which offers great potential but also great peril. This discussion tackles geoengineering from different perspectives, including those of scientists, the Red Cross, and Greenpeace.
Data for the People: How to Make our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You | 02/15/17
Andreas Weigend, Joanne J. Myers
"I want people to be empowered by the data they create and not to be stifled by the data they create," says Andreas Weigend, one of the world's top experts on the future of big data, social mobile technologies, and consumer behavior. Learn more about this important issue, which affects us all.
Freedom of Expression in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Beyond | 02/03/17
Ismail Einashe, Alex Woodson
Freelance journalist Ismail Einashe sees a dangerous backsliding of democracy and free media in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside an increase in Internet access and the influence of foreign media organizations. Two weeks into the new administration, are there parallels in the United States?
Shalini Kantayya: The Intersection of Ethics, the Environment, & Economics | 02/02/17
Shalini Kantayya, Stephanie Sy
"I think we as a movement have not done a good job of making climate change a kitchen-table issue, of making this an economic issue for working families, and that is what it is. This is about taking money from the 1 percent and putting it in the hands of the many," says filmmaker Shalini Kantayya.
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | 01/12/17
Thomas L. Friedman
From massive leaps in technology to ever-increasing globalization to the acceleration of climate change, workplace, politics, geopolitics, and ethics are all going through tectonic shifts. Why is this happening? Why was 2007 such a turning point and what's next? Thomas Friedman makes sense of it all, and offers hope going forward.
Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2017 | 01/10/17
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
The world is entering a geopolitical recession, i.e. an unwinding of the old global order, says political scientist Ian Bremmer, in his grimmest forecast ever. Topics include the potential challenges from a Trump administration, President Obama's legacy of a more fractured world, human rights in the Middle East, and the fate of liberalism.
Andreas Hatzigeorgiou on Global Cities, Migration, and Stockholm's Economy | 12/22/16
Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, Alex Woodson
Stockholm is now the fastest growing capital in Europe, and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou brings a useful international perspective to his position as chief economist at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In this wide-ranging conversation he discusses Stockholm's enormous success as a tech hub, Sweden's immigration policies, and much more.
Top 10 Carnegie Council Resources, 2016 | 12/19/16
In a year that will be remembered as era-defining, Carnegie Council's most popular 2016 podcasts and web resources focused on Asia, Russia, human rights, technology, and the fight against terrorism. Check out this varied list, which gives you an idea of the scope of the Council's work.
The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering | 12/12/16
Janos Pasztor, Stephanie Sy
The definition of geoengineering is "large-scale human intervention with the Earth in order to change the climate," says Janos Pasztor, and to manage the world's climate responsibly, we may have to consider deploying it someday. If we do, the most important issue will be governance: How do you decide how far to go? When do you start? When do you stop?
Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know | 12/05/16
Jerry Kaplan, Joanne J. Myers
We're asking the wrong questions about artificial intelligence, says AI expert Jerry Kaplan. Machines are not going to take over the world. They don't have emotions or creativity. They are just able to process large amounts of data and draw logical conclusions. These new technologies will bring tremendous advances--along with new ethical and practical issues.
Briefing Paper on Climate Engineering | 10/28/16
Janos Pasztor, Simon Nicholson, David Morrow
Climate engineering is defined as large-scale, deliberate intervention in the Earth system to counteract climate change. Two major sets of techniques are usually included: those that could remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and those that might offset the amount of incoming solar radiation in order to cool the planet.
Inside an Apple iPhone Factory in China | 10/19/16
Dejian "Ken" Zeng, Devin T. Stewart
What really goes on in an Apple factory in China? In this fascinating conversation, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart talks to Dejian "Ken" Zeng, a grad student who went undercover at an iPhone factory in Shanghai, about 12-hour workdays, his minimalist life in the dorms, and why it's so hard to organize a labor movement in China.
"Ethics & International Affairs" Explores the Ethics of Autonomous Weapon Systems (aka Killer Robots) | 10/03/16
Technological advances in recent years have spurred increasing debate surrounding Autonomous Weapon Systems, including whether and how these weapons should be used, and how they may be properly governed. "Ethics & International Affairs" is committed to furthering this debate and presents a collection of recent work on the topic.
Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World | 09/30/16
Timothy Garton Ash
In today's connected world--a "cosmopolis" dominated by the "four superpowers" Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon--what we need is to have more but also better free speech, declares Garton Ash. The West, particularly the U.S., should strive to promote global free speech, and we must foster a "robust civility" despite our differences.
The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence | 09/26/16
Wendell Wallach, Stephanie Sy
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges. What's more, by 2034, 47 percent of U.S. jobs, 69 percent of Chinese jobs, and 75 percent of Indian jobs could all be done by machines. How should societies cope and what role should global governance play?
Free for a Limited Time! "Ethics & International Affairs" Fall 2016 Issue | 09/15/16
This issue includes essays on the bottom-up architecture of the Paris climate change agreement, the history of recognition, and Swedish feminist foreign policy; features on self-interest and the distant vulnerable, and on the use of public reason in international courts; and much more.