During any other January, WIRED staff gathered in Las Vegas to review the latest gadgets at THESE, the biggest consumer electronics event of the year. But this year, the show took place entirely online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Although we are in our lounges rather than on the convention floor, WIRED was able to chat with experts from across the country and from all sectors of technological innovation which is always on the rise.
Over the course of two days, WIRED HQ hosted a series of talks on the trends that will define 2021 and the years to come with people at the forefront. Moderna’s Dr Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, Christopher Krebs, spoke of the cybersecurity issues which pose the greatest threat to our democracy; and Stewart Butterfield of Slack and Bret Taylor of Salesforce told us how digitally driven workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office. In between, we learned more about what to expect, prepare for, and get excited about for the year ahead.
The whole event was broadcast live, but if you missed it you can still watch the WIRED HQ sessions below.
Tuesday January 12
The Triumphs of Medicine: From Research to Deployment – New Approaches to Medical Breakthroughs
Dr Jennifer A Doudna, Biochemist at UC Berkeley, Founder of the Innovative Genomics Institute, Coinventor of CRISPR technology, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020; Dr. Melissa Moore, Scientific Director, Platform Management, Moderna; with Megan Molteni, WIRED
How We Will Travel (Sponsored by Deem, Inc.)
Amy burr, Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships, JetBlue Technology Ventures; David Grace, President, Deem; Gillian tans, President, Booking.com; with Nicholas thompson, WIRED
The virtual workforce: the changing paradigm of what it means to go to the office
Bret taylor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Salesforce; Stewart butterfield, CEO and Co-Founder, Slack; with Megan Greenwell, WIRED
Wednesday January 13
Artificial Intelligence in U.S. Defense: The Policies That Will Shape the Tech Industry
Ash carter, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, former US Secretary of Defense (2015-2017); with Nicholas thompson, WIRED
Our future on the move: AI, take the wheel
Aicha Evans, CEO, Zoox; Chris Urmson, CEO and Co-Founder, Aurora; with Aarian Marshall, WIRED
Voting Attack Vectors: Protecting Democracy One Vote at a Time
Christopher krebs, Partner, Krebs Stamos Group; with Brian barrett, WIRED
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