Fall Conference 2017
The Double-Edged Sword of Technology
Click on the images or links below to see the sessions we recorded at the Fall Conference 2017, “The Double-Edged Sword of Technology.”
Video: For 97% of recorded history, the world economy remained in a largely stationary state—until the Industrial Revolution, which brought significant economic growth. Is that growth sustainable?
Video: In just fifty years, the Internet has evolved from a military and engineering project to an extension of traditional media to its own full-fledged civilization. Writer and cultural critic Virginia Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.
Video: The debate about future U.S. economic growth has been framed as a conflict between techno-optimists and techno-pessimists. But there are other powerful forces in addition to the pace of innovation that are pushing downward on economic growth.
Video: Will technological progress continue to drive progress and economic prosperity or are our best innovations behind us? Northwestern University economics professors Robert J. Gordon and Joel Mokyr present profoundly different outlooks for America’s economic future.
Video: Attendees at our Fall Conference 2017 enjoyed a stirring acceptance speech from Marsha Cassel of Rutland High School, the winner of our 2017 Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award. Includes transcript.