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October 18, 2022

The Intersection: Espionage Threats, Tech, and Algorithms

The history of the intelligence community is long and complex. As the world becomes increasingly digital, open communication is more important than ever. Today, intelligence agencies rely heavily on algorithms to analyze data and predict future events. But this approach has its drawbacks. For example, algorithms can be biased and easily manipulated by those in power. This history lesson is just the beginning of a much larger conversation about the future of American intelligence.

In this IQT Podcast episode we discuss this important topic with Dr. Amy Zegart, the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, professor of Political Science by courtesy at Stanford University, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. She joins Steve Bowsher to discuss how technology is changing the nature of intelligence and explores the issues of traitors, congressional oversight, and covert action. Listen in to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the intelligence community as it adapts to a world where emerging technologies are rapidly changing. 

September 29, 2022

What Does the Future Hold for the U.S. Bioeconomy?

On September 12, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. The EO aims to sustain and broaden U.S. competitiveness and leadership in biotechnology and extend the impact of biotechnology across industrial areas including health, agriculture, energy, and beyond. What does this mean for the future of the U.S. bioeconomy? In this episode, Dr. Kevin O’Connell, Dr. Tara O’Toole, and Eugene Chiu explore key takeaways from the EO, including the importance of biomanufacturing regarding climate change, bioeconomy international collaborations on supply chains and national security, and how the overall economy will be impacted by the development of biotechnology.