Fall Conference 2017

The Double-Edged Sword of Technology

November 17-18, University of Vermont

Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions

Sat 18

The Pace of Innovation and Other Drags on Future Economic Growth

November 18, 2017
10:35 am
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. Professor Gordon will outline some of the major forces and consider what they mean for future economic growth. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Technology and Social Change in Pre-Modern East Asian Civilization

November 18, 2017
10:35 am
This session will explore technological developments from the early history of China (such as iron weapons, rice field farming, and wood block printing) and examine their impact, both positive and negative, intended and unforeseen, on the East Asian world before the modern era. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Optimizing Data

November 18, 2017
10:35 am
Data is turned out in unimaginable quantities day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. It is analyzed and optimized in the belief that it holds the answers to our most challenging problems, from public policy to personal health. Is there a happy medium between the “gut” and data? (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Shaping and Reshaping Architecture

November 18, 2017
10:35 am
From ancient temples to mega-skyscrapers, advances in technology have expanded and tested the potentials of architecture, serving the imagination and aspirations of their times, but also challenging society to respond to altered standards. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Discussion and Reflection

November 18, 2017
10:35 am
Using the advance readings as a starting point, this session, facilitated by VHC discussion leader extraordinaire Suzanne Brown, offers attendees an opportunity to reflect and discuss the themes and connections they have made thus far in the conference. (Registration required.) Read More »