Next Monday morning at Noon I’m talking with king of all media Walter Isaacson about The Second Machine Age at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC.
I give Walter that title because in addition to editing Time and being CEO of CNN, he’s also written runaway bestsellers (about Steve Jobs) and Pulitzer Prize nominees (about Henry Kissinger). In his current job as the head of the Aspen Institute he gets to exercise another of his great skills: conducing interviews in front of an audience.
I’ve had the chance to listen to Walter talk on stage with many people over the years at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and always walked away feeling like I’d been challenged and learned something. Now it’s my turn to face his gentlemanly grilling.
Space at the event itself is limited but our conversation will be livestreamed; click here to watch it on Monday. It’ll also be made available online afterward.
I’m really looking forward to this one. If you turn in, I very confident you won’t be disappointed or bored.
Just a quick note to let Washingtonians know about two happenings in their city this week. I find them interesting not because I’m speaking at them, but rather because of the people I’m speaking with.
Tonight from 5:30 to 7 I’m sitting down to talk with Prof. Amitai Etzioni at George Washington University about “the effects of the coming digital revolution;” the event is free and open to the public, and details are here. I’m going to use this opportunity to play interviewer myself and ask Prof. Etzioni how a communitarian thinks about the second machine age and the opportunities and challenges it brings. If you’re geekiness extends to the subjects of technology, policy, economics, and/or political philosophy, I think you’ll enjoy the conversation a lot, especially because it’ll include audience members.
On Saturday afternoon the IMF, as part of its anniversary celebration, is bringing together an all-star panel to talk about “IMF 70 Years Later: Reflections and Looking Ahead.” The Fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde will participate, as will Madeleine Albright, Peter Ho from Singapore, and my friends Bob Gordon and John Lipsky. Ali Veishi will moderate (I wonder if he’ll try to stoke the ongoing debate about tech progress and innovation I’ve been having with Bob or suppress it).
We’re at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium from 3:45 to 5 on Saturday, and a live webcast will also be available. If you’re nearby please do come; I can promise you an informative, informed, and lively discussion.
As these events show, the conversation in our nation’s capital is starting to include the topic of rapid technological progress and its consequences. I find this very good news…