ARLINGTON, VA – In the second chapter of the Global Translations podcast, Host Luiza Savage, and Nancy Scola, POLITICO Senior Technology Reporter, sit down with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, Congressman Ro Khanna, and Lynne Parker to discuss the forces shaping the state of technology, as well as who will write the rules in the global race to dominate technological advancement.
This chapter of Global Translations will explore the future of artificial intelligence, the emergence of 5G, and unpack the global state-of-play to examine whether America is falling behind in adapting to these technological innovations.
Episode 1, NOW LIVE
Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, technological landscape of 2019: “For many years there has been developing almost a segmented internet, which is something I don’t want to see, where you have the internet that is guided by physical borders. And that’s something we have to guard against. I think the great promise of the internet was this immense democratization that was allowed by technology that didn’t know of any borders, but to the extent we see more governments putting fingers in various pies when it comes to the digital infrastructure, that’s something that I do worry about.”
Episode 2, July 18
Lynne Parker, assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on AI: “We want to make sure that the technologies that we develop and the talent that we develop are being used in ways that are consistent with our values…. There are certainly a lot of discussions about what are the right approaches so that we can balance having good international participation on these areas while at the same time making sure that other nations are not taking unfair advantage of our open society.”
Episode 3, July 25
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., on the need for innovation and leadership in technology: “If Washington were more adept at science and technology, we would have high-speed internet in this country in every part of the nation. We would have tech institutes that were creating more economic opportunity for people who were left behind. We would have a stronger investment in science and technology to fuel economic development across America and advanced manufacturing across America.”
Episode 4, August 1 (Sponsored Episode by Citi)
Stephen Bird, the CEO of Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, on making the bank ‘forward compatible’: “What is it that makes a company forward compatible? You have to create a new culture. We have to be able to shine a light on the potential to either grow in a successful way or go extinct. We have to bring in new talent, people who can come in and challenge us, challenge our model.”
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POLITICO’s “Global Translations” podcast, presented by Citi, unpacks the political roadblocks that stymie smart policy decisions and examines the long-term costs of the short-term thinking that drives many political and business decisions. Through POLITICO’s reporting, global reach and distinctive style, POLITICO’s Luiza Savage will explore topics like populism and free trade, the opportunities and unknowns of tech disruption and the path forward for the environment. Listeners will learn new ways to think about problems they thought they understood, the leading players and our capacity to fix what’s broken.