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Scientist & Strategists Speaker Series

Recorded Events

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Boomers, Doomers, and the Politics of Technology, with Prof. Sarah Kreps, examines debates about the speed and impact of the most disruptive and influential technologies or technological trends since nuclear weapons—nuclear weapons themselves, social media, AI, crypto, and commercial space like SpaceX. In debates about new technologies, boomers develop technologies that they believe will deliver benefits and doomers fear the catastrophic consequences of these technologies. This analysis reveals a pattern in which first, boomers dive headlong into intellectual pursuits, asking whether or how something can be done, not whether it should be done. Second, breakthrough technologies that scale have unintended political, economic, and social consequences. Policymakers then become aware of these disruptive technologies but face a considerable expertise gap with the innovators. Third, the doomers—who consist of the media, disaffected employees, shareholders, and the public—provide the guardrails that eventually create an equilibrium well short of their earlier prognostications. The actors are the unsung heroes who have filled the gap between theory and practice, edged humanity away from the brink, and produced this optimistic assessment about the past, present, and future of tech governance. 

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Stay tuned!  This CMIST's Scientists & Strategists Speaker Series, Power to the People: How Accessible Lethal Technology Alters War and Peace with Audrey Kurth Cronin, was held on 20 February 2024, but the recording of the event will be released soon.

Conversations with Senior Leaders

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Audrey Kurth Cronin
CMIST Director
Trustees Professor of Security and Technology, CMU

Jim Richardson
Retired, United States Army Lieutenant General
Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Executive in Residence


Laura J. Richardson
United States Army General
Commander, U.S. Southern Command

Taped on 28 September 2023 at Carnegie Mellon University

Audrey Kurth Cronin
CMIST Director
Trustees Professor of Security and Technology, CMU

Jim Richardson
Retired, United States Army Lieutenant General
Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Executive in Residence

Taped on 14 July 2023 at Carnegie Mellon University

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Patrick Cronin
CMIST Scholar in Residence
Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute

James Foggo
Dean, Center for Maritime Strategy of the Navy League; Retired, Admiral U.S. Navy

Introduction by:  Audrey Kurth Cronin, CMIST Director; Trustees Professor of Security and Technology, CMU

Taped on 8 May 2023 at Carnegie Mellon University