The arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. Discovery is unstoppable, but it must be shaped for good. We ourselves—not just market forces—must manage it. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Ash Carter, former US Secretary of Defense, is the Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and its project on Technology and Public Purpose. He is also an Innovation Fellow at MIT. This op-ed is adapted from his Ernest May Lecture, given at this summer’s Aspen Strategy Group. My mentors in subatomic physics hailed from the Manhattan Project. They were proud to have created nuclear weapons that helped end World War II. But they stressed that the ability to make great change came great responsibility. Today, we face similarly disruptive advances in three big categories: digital, biotech, and jobs and training. But it’s not clear that tech leaders today have the same … [Read more...] about Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together
PUBLISHED: 10:05 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 05 July 2018 Joan Pons Laplana at the start of his career. Photo: Joan Pons Laplana Joan Pons Laplana A Norfolk nurse has praised the “vital role in the construction of the NHS” migrants have played since its inception in 1948. The Theresa May Anti-Brexit Float in Norwich. Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse who has lived and worked in England for the past 17 years. Picture : ANTONY KELLY A Norfolk nurse has praised the “vital role in the construction of the NHS” migrants have played since its inception in 1948. Joan Pons Laplana, a nurse at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, spoke out today to coincide with the NHS’ 70th anniversary. Mr Laplana, who is the Journal Of Nursing’s Nurse of the Year 2018, said: “The NHS would not have been possible without the contribution of migrants”. Writing for the Metro, he said a lot of Indian, Filipino and European doctors and nurses have come to … [Read more...] about NHS70: ‘If the NHS is to last another 70 years, the government needs to show migrants they are welcome’
Former President Barack Obama has urged the technology sector to get friendly with the government in order to keep innovationSpeaking at the Oktane18 event attended by TechRadar Pro in Las Vegas earlier this week, the 44th President outlined that the two sides need to work more closely to ensure a profitable future."It is in the interest of all of us for there to be a good conversation between the tech community and the people in Washington, and create a structure of ongoing deliberation and exchange,” the former President said.“Right now the technology industry believes this is inefficient and...just go to do our own thing,” he added, “that doesn't help anybody."One area that could benefit hugely from this closer partnership is online voting. The debate around a possible introduction of an online voting system has rumbled on for some time, and the former President said he supported introducing such a platform - not least to make voting easier and more … [Read more...] about Obama: Why Silicon Valley and US government need to buddy up
Normally when you think about sectors of the U.S. economy that are subject to government protections or emergency oversight, you think of financial institutions and automakers such as GM, which received bailouts in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008 and 2009.Or, most recently, tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on foreign imports of aluminum and steel.But last week, the actions of a federal agency few San Diegans had ever heard of highlighted a larger discussion about the relationship between national security interests and the tech sector.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on March 4 put the much-anticipated shareholder meeting of San Diego Fortune 500 company Qualcomm on hold. The committee said it will conduct a 30-day review “to investigate fully” the $117 billion hostile takeover bid by Singapore-based Broadcom to acquire Qualcomm.The reasons?General concerns about national security and specific anxieties whether a Broadcom … [Read more...] about Does the U.S. government need to protect American tech companies?
Governments around the world are seeking to ratchet up pressure on tech companies to block and take down harmful content. Some have passed laws imposing fines if this material stays up too long. Others threaten legislation if companies don’t automatically block all harmful material.This is the wrong approach. At a time when governments need the full and active cooperation of tech companies, they are instead seeking confrontation and legal compulsion. From a culture of cooperation to solve a common problem, the companies will move to a culture of compliance, viewing anyone from government as a source of legal risk, not a source of aid, encouragement and information. This is unnecessary. Card companies started with the assumption that they were no more responsible for bad uses of their systems than the Federal Reserve Board was responsible for teenagers using dollar bills to buy cigarettes at the local 7-Eleven. It wasn’t their … [Read more...] about Lessons from Visa and MasterCard: governments need to work with tech companies to respond to harmful content