All times, sessions, speakers, and panels are subject to change.

10AMRegistration Opens

12PMCOSM 2021: Paradoxes of the New World of Technology (Keynote Luncheon)
What a world: artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G, crypto-currency, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, the biotech revolution, and internet commerce. The mission of the conference is to stimulate debate and deliberation amongst industry leaders on the unities animating these apparently divergent technology areas. The future meets now.
Steve Buri — President, Discovery Institute 
George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute 
12:15Is Technology Soaring or Slumping?
Peter Thiel — Technology Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist
George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute

1PMNot Showing at a Theater Near You
Navigating the New Media Landscape
Ari Emanuel — Technology Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist

1:30Networking Break

2PMNFTs: The Reinvention of Property
In the case of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain, actual ownership with legal standing is never in fact transferred for the underlying digital file. What makes NFTs valuable? And what does it mean to own them?
George Gilder (moderator) — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute
Dr. Bill Dembski — Mathematician and Philosopher
Jules Urbach — Founder and CEO, OTOY 
3PMDoom: The Politics of Catastrophe
Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters. The lessons of history that this country — indeed the West as a whole — urgently need to learn, if we want to handle the next crisis better, and to avoid the ultimate doom of irreversible decline.
Steve Buri — President, Discovery Institute 
Niall Ferguson — Historian and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute 
4PMKnowledge vs. Doom
The Time-Price Revolution
Gale Pooley — Associate Professor of Business Management, BYU Hawaii

4:30Adjournment (Dinner on your own)

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8:30Thursday Breakfast (provided)

9AMThe Cloud Revolution and the Convergence of New Technologies
Unleashing the Next Economic Boom
Mark Mills — Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

9:30Quantum Computing
Does it Change Everything, or Anything?
Seth Lloyd — Professor, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Julie Love — Director of Quantum Computing Business Development, Microsoft Corporation
10AMThe Nanotech Revolution
Our Zero-Waste Energy Future
Jim Tour — T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Rice University

10:30Break

10:45Innovations in Biotech
Killing Disease and Living Longer
Stephen C. Meyer (moderator) — Director, Center for Science and Culture
Matt McIlwain — Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Jim Tour — T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Rice University
Matthew Scholz — CEO, OISIN Biotechnologies

11:30The New IC
From Nanoscale to Waferscale
Andrew Feldman — Founder and CEO, Cerebras Systems
Pierre de Rochemont — Founder, Frontier NanoSystems, LLC 

NOONYou Control the Algorithm
The Next Generation of Internet Search
Phil Parker — Professor of Marketing and Managing Science

12:30Blockchain and the New COSM Architecture
Telecom expert Dan Berninger will facilitate a discussion examining the past, present, and future of the Internet. Together they will outline a compelling picture of a next generation internet that is less cumbersome, more efficient, and more secure.
Daniel Berninger (moderator) — Independent Communications Architect
Bob Metcalfe — Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Professor of Innovation
Gurdeep Pall — Corporate Vice President at Microsoft
Dan Mapes — Founder, Verses Technologies Inc
Phil Parker — Professor of Marketing and Managing Science
1:30Networking Break

2PMIs It the End for Silicon Valley?
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of hybrid work, and allowed many workers to operate remotely. What does this mean for major tech centers like Silicon Valley and Seattle? And what are the advantages for competitors like Austin and Miami?
Dr. Babak Parviz (moderator) — Vice President, Amazon Inc.
Mayor Lynne Robinson — City of Bellevue
Walter Myers III — Principal Engineering Manager, Microsoft
Bob Metcalfe — Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Professor of Innovation

3PMBreak

3:15The Great China Debate
Mariana Parks — Board Member, Discovery Institute
Bret Swanson (moderator) — Technology Analyst, Visiting Fellow AEI
Newt Gingrich (via videoconference) — Former Speaker, US House of Representatives
George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute 

4PMThe Myth of Artificial Intelligence
Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do
Erik J. Larson — Author, The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

4:30Break

6PMHosted Reception
7PMAI 2041: Ten Visions of Our Future (Keynote Dinner)
Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers imagines our world in 2041 and how it will be shaped by AI. By gazing toward a not-so-distant horizon, Lee offers urgent insights into our collective future — while reminding readers that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.
Kai-Fu Lee (via videoconference from China) — Computer Scientist, businessman, and writer

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8AMFriday Breakfast (provided)

9AMSPACs, IPOs, and Direct Listings
New Tools to Unlock Capital Markets
Hope Cochran (moderator) — Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Bryan Mistele — CEO, INRIX
Kristin Zimmerman (invited) — Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Matt McIlwain — Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

10AMArtificial Intelligence, Cyberwarfare, and Military Preparedness
Hanna Tomory (moderator) — Deployment Strategist
Stephen Meyer — Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Arthur Herman — Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Robert J. Marks — Director, Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence
11AMWill Wi-Fi 6 and LEOs Be the Real 5G?
Bret Swanson — Technology Analyst, Visiting Fellow AEI
Gilad Garon — Co-Founder and CEO, ASOCS
Stephen Cohen — Chief Architect, Worldwide Enterprise Services, Microsoft 

NoonConference Wrap-up and Adjournment
George Gilder and Bob Metcalfe