IFE’s Emerging Technology Roundtable hosted special guest the Hon. Dr. R. David Edelman, IFE Distinguished Fellow and Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC). The dinner was hosted by H.E. Bjorn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden on Tuesday, July 12th at the residence. View: Event Photos | Guest List
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“Over the last 7 years, this Administration has prioritized advancements in technology in unprecedented ways. Whether it’s the Administration’s commitment to making open and machine-readable data the new default for government information, advancing policies that expand innovation and entrepreneurship, even simply changing the way the Government communicates with its citizens through modern technology like Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat, this Administration has realized that advancements in technology can help improve the way we govern, we learn, and thrive.” ~Michelle K. Lee, USPTO Director“The future is bright with opportunity for AI and robotics – however, as these emerging technologies become more of a part of our everyday lives, the role of industry and policy makers is essential in shaping the direction to benefit us all” ~Alex Pelletier, Presidential Innovation Fellow
“The next wave of innovation is not only going to remake industries, it’s going to reshape institutions. The use ofBlockchain-based transactions, smart contracts, artificial intelligence, and robotics has the potential to transform the way economies and nations operate. The critical challenge of our time will be harnessing these tools in ways that broaden access to opportunity and share their benefits across society. ” ~Dr. Tomicah Tilleman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies.
“President (or this administration) like no other has proactively driven the conversation to harness technology and innovation across a range of challenges. Whether for matters of security, healthcare, or agriculture, emerging technologies present an opportunity—not a barrier—to progress. In security, while human analysis is still required, AI is already aiding in the identification and mitigation of threats, with greater promise to come. In healthcare, machine learning and computational biology is beginning to revolutionize medicine to be more precise. In agriculture, AI and robotics can dramatically increase food productivity and reduce waste (water), which is very much a national security issue.” ~Steven Babitch, Presidential Innovation Fellow
Prior to his time at the White House, he served at the State Department’s Office of Cyber Affairs; as the United States’ lead negotiator on Internet issues at the United Nations; and began his career as a foreign affairs analyst specializing in the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and China. Dr. Edelman received his Bachelor’s (with honors) in History from Yale University, and his Master’s and Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University in the UK, where he was a Clarendon Scholar.
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