“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
This forum is co-hosted by the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative.
Moderated by John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (2009-2017); Co-Director, Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy; Faculty Co-Lead, Arctic Initiative; Chair, White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee (2015-2017)
Public address by Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. He took office on August 1, 2016 after receiving the most votes in the 2016 election. A historian, he was a docent at the University of Iceland until his election. His field of research is modern Icelandic history, and he has published a number of works on the Cod Wars, the 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis and the Icelandic presidency, among other topics.