Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. On January 11, he took questions in a live web chat format on "Created Consciousness: The Future of Sentient Machines." In this chat, Prof. Giordano addressed the development of sentient or "conscious" computers, a notion that is downright scary to some, exciting and promising to others. Many experts in the neuroscience and neurotechnology arenas say it’s bound to happen – and some say it’s happening already. To read the archived chat, please visit the Live Event Chat page on our website. Click here to read a Neurobioethics blog post by Prof. Giordano on this topic.



Battelle and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies were pleased to present a special joint event, "Effective Innovation: Keeping America on Top,"  in the McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on December 15.  This in-depth program examined the phenomenon of innovation in science and technology, economics and business, and the social and cultural spheres, with a particular emphasis on the importance of innovation as an engine of economic growth and a key element of our national security.  Click below to watch a video of the event.

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies presented a lunchtime panel discussion, Iran's Nuclear Program: A Final Warning?, on Tuesday, December 6, from 12 noon-2pm.  The program examined ways in which the Iranian challenge to the international community is expanding daily.  Panelists explored explore whether Tehran, under new diplomatic and economic pressures, will finally relinquish its nuclear ambitions before a doomsday scenario occurs, as well as the short- and long-term outlook including WMD ambiguities, sanctions’ impact, “covert war” against Iran, and regional and global “unintended consequences.”  Click below to watch video of the event in full.

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

 

 

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is the Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. Amb. Smith writes and lectures extensively on cybersecurity, and his presentation at the International Cyber Defence Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in May of 2011, was entitled "Russia, Georgia and the Shape of Cyber Wars to Come."  On Thursday, December 1, he took questions in a live chat forum on “'Friending' the Enemy: Social Media, Foreign Threats and Deterrence in Cyberspace."  Click here to access the archived chat on our Live Event Chat page.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies held a lecture and panel discussion, Russian Cyber Capabilities: Policy and Practice, with Michele Markoff, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the US Department of State, Amb. David J. Smith (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and Khatuna Mshvidobadze, Associate Academic Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, on Tuesday, November 8.  Panelists discussed the intersection of Russian government, business and crime, and the Russian approach to information warfare.  Click below to watch a video of the event.

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

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