Giving Tuesday

Dear C-PET

Since, according to the internet, today is Giving Tuesday, I know you won’t mind this quiet reminder that C-PET is a non-partisan 501(c)3 charity . . . .

The good news is that your gifts to us are tax-deductible. The bad news is that you need to send them. While we work very economically, using our wide network of Senior Fellows, and intern research assistants, and advisers, we still have costs. Someone needs to help us keep the lights on!

Not only are we non-partisan, but we have never taken corporate money to help lobbyists get their message out. In Washington, DC, of course, there’s a lot of money going around! But most of the moolah flowing to think tanks is either partisan, or it’s laundered lobbying cash...

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As Artificial Intelligence Gets Serious

From its beginnings nine years ago C-PET has determined to think long-term and to think seriously about the implications of emerging technologies.

We aren’t partisan either politically or in our disposition toward technology – there is no bias either “pro” or “anti” tech among our many distinguished fellows and advisers and board members. Their personal and professional convictions cover the waterfront. But what they have in common is a dual commitment – to the conviction that emerging technology impacts will be far more important to the American and global future than almost anyone in the policy world recognizes, and to the related conviction that it does us no good at all to believe naively that this will all be good news...

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2016 Presidential Election Teleconference with Gary Shapiro Recap

On July 7, 2016, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies held our 2016 President Election Teleconference series featuring Gary Shapiro, the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Below is a lightly edited transcript of the teleconference and should not be quoted without approval.

Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

Teleconference with Nigel Cameron and Gary Shapiro.

Nigel Cameron: So let me welcome others and thank you for joining us for this teleconference, by the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies Washington DC, we are very glad you have joined us...

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With Elon Musk to Mars

Yesterday’s much-anticipated announcement from Elon Musk of an outline plan to take humans to Mars deserves a good deal more attention that it has been getting. It comes at a time of deep crisis for American democracy, when the very best that our political parties have on offer, aside from standard-issue gridlock on The Hill, is a pair of Medicare-eligible candidates with agendas deeply locked into the past.

Along comes a man with his eyes fixed firmly on the future. And yet he’s also a man developing innovative and successful businesses for today. And he’s also a man not unaware that there are negatives lurking in our passage up the Moore’s Law curve – he signed on to the infamous AI warning letter with Stephen Hawking et al...

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2016 European Union Innovation Teleconference with Robert Madelin Recap

On July 25th, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies held our 2016 European Union Innovation Teleconference featuring Robert Madelin, the Senior Adviser on Innovation to the President of the European Commission, who most recently has produced a report on innovation for the Commission (for full background, notes and references, click here). Below is a lightly-edited transcript of a teleconference, and should not be quoted without confirmation from the relevant participant. Robert was talking from his position as a senior member of the European Commission’s in-house think tank. His recent report, like all the output of that team, carries the caveat that it reflects the author’s views and not those of his employer.

Conversation with Robert Madelin

Center for Policy on Emerging...

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Response to the New York Times Think Tank Articles

The world of think tanks, as the latest  New York Times pieces on think tanks (and here) make clear, is a murky one. The Times’ reports raise serious questions about their sources of funds, potential conflicts of interest, and the lucrative manner in which many of their “scholars”  juggle their not-for-profit and commercial activities. Of course, to those who swim in these waters these reports hold no surprises. And they are timely, as this is  C-PET’s summer request for you to help fund our work. Yes, you.

When I’m asked about how Washington policy institutes are funded my quick answer is this one: Either they are partisan, or they launder lobbying dollars. Since we fall in neither of these categories, funding has always been a challenge for C-PET...

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Neil Armstrong’s Birthday

Today, August 5, is the birthday of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

To commemorate that extraordinary achievement, and to lament the essential loss of nearly a half-century of American space prowess, we’re re-publishing below the C-PET tribute I wrote on August 25, 2012, the day he died.

As we persist in what is surely the most narcissistic election campaign in our lifetimes, and potentially the most consequent in the history of the Republic, it’s never been more important to recall America’s future-oriented global vision and its cosmological entailments. And, as we penny-pinch our spending, that there was one year in the mid-60s when NASA received almost 5% of the entire federal budget.

Neil Armstrong, thank you for your service.

On the Death of the Man on t...

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Upcoming C-PET Event: Internet of Things Global Summit October 6 and 7

Join The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies for the next Washington, DC Internet of Things Global Summit on October 6 and 7 of this year. Once again C-PET is delighted to partner with Forum Global in the key IoT policy event in the calendar.

We have a galaxy of star speakers. Just confirmed: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny.

Other speakers will include Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Commerce; Dean Garfield of the Information Technology Industry Council; and Nagy Hanna, C-PET Senior Fellow and former head of corporate strategy with the World Bank.

As usual, the event is free of charge to federal and other government employees, and there is a 20% discount to friends of C-PET. Read More  detai...

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2016 Presidential Election Teleconference with James C. Greenwood Recap

On July 12th, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies held our 2016 Presidential Election Teleconference series featuring James C. Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania. Below is  a lightly-edited transcript of a teleconference, and should not be quoted without confirmation from the relevant participant.

Conversation with BIO CEO James C. Greenwood
Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies
Moderated by Dr. Nigel Cameron

July 12, 2016

Cameron: Good morning, this is Nigel Cameron at the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington D.C...

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Upcoming C-PET Event: EU Innovation Teleconference featuring Robert Madelin

Join the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies as we host a 2016 European Union innovation teleconference on July 25 at 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. featuring Robert Madelin, the Senior Adviser on Innovation to the European Commission.

Please follow this link for registration and more information:

We shall email you call-in details 24 hours before the event. Please mute your phone.

If you wish to ask a question during the call, please email it (beforehand or during the call) to, and we shall invite you into the discussion at an appropriate point if time permits.

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