Monday, May 2, 2011

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, May 3, 2011--from the Milken Global Conference


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1-3 p.m.



1:06 - 1:19


1:21:30 - 1:39

The ethical dilemmas of the modern health care system, from poverty to obesity

Bad health is bad government, or so argues the director of the bioethics department at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. A combination of an economist and an oncologist, Dr. Emanuel has argued for some time that it goes beyond just a moral imperative for the federal government to encourage and incentivize good health habits, especially eating right. At the tip of the spear of a new government initiative lead by First Lady Michelle Obama that is gently encouraging active lifestyles and weight management, Dr. Emanuel has put forward the case that heavier Americans are bad for the economy. If it's bad for the economy and the well being of the country then it should be an imperative for the government to get involved, says Dr. Emanuel-but how and how far can we go to regulate someone's weight?


Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health; until January, served as special advisor on health policy to the director of the Office of Management & Budget & the National Economic Council


1:41:30 - 1:58:30

Technology and the Internet: can they change our brains and behavior?

Technology and the Internet: the driving forces of the future that, for many, can do no wrong. In the 1950s a suggestible American populace was enamored with the idea of the "nuclear age," with people looking toward a brighter tomorrow fueled by a potentially destructive technology. Today, we are locked into the same mindset, almost completely ignorant to the darker side of modern gadgetry. Technology may hinder our ability to process information, think creatively and might even be helping to ensure a dumbed-down future. Can technology designed to help us actually shave points off the ol' IQ? Are computers in a classroom more harmful than helpful? Does our occupation with all things tech create an emotional distance from one another and change the way society operates?


Nicholas Carr, author, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains"


* His essay "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" was included in the anthologies "The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009"and "The Best Technology Writing 2009."

Sherry Turkle, professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT and the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

* She is also the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.
* Turkle's investigations - from the early days of personal computers to our current world of robotics, artificial intelligence, social networking and mobile connectivity - show that technology doesn't just catalyze changes in what we do; it affects how we think.

2:06 - 2:19


2:21:30 - 2:39

A look at California & Uncle Sam's credit reports, and how to improve them

U.S. treasury bonds are among the safest investments in the world-while Uncle Sam runs up a heck of a lot of debt, they always repay their lenders. That's why it sent such a shock wave when Standard & Poor's, which sets the sovereign credit rating of various governments, warned the U.S. government two weeks ago that it could lose its tripe-A credit rating if Congress and the president don't do something serious about cutting the federal debt and deficit. Uncle Sam kept his high credit rating but S&P fired a shot across the country's financial bow by changing its outlook on the rating from stable to negative. While the U.S. got a warning from S&P, California has been on its bad list for quite some time. Last week Standard & Poor's affirmed California's A-minus general obligation rating with a negative rating, meaning that California's perpetually indebtedness and stalemated political situation made it a bad investment. We take a look at the credit reports of our state and country and ask what can be done to improve what looks to be a depressing situation.


Robin Prunty, managing director of the public finance ratings group, Standard & Poor's


2:41:30 - 2:58:30

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens picks natural gas. What happened to wind, solar and oil?
Three years ago, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens was the darling of the green movement--an oil-baron-turned-environmentalist, who, as then Sierra Club Director Carl Pope put it, was "out to save America." At the time, Pickens was touting an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off foreign oil by building a $1 trillion network of wind farms to replace domestic natural gas used to generate electricity and use that excess compressed natural gas to power American trucks and cars. The plan fizzled out in a year or so, but now Pickens is back on the clean energy stage, this time with a plan that might not be as green and relies on some controversial methods of natural gas extraction. President Obama is a fan, as are several legislators who have introduced a bill in the House that would provide tax credits for cars and trucks that convert to compressed natural gas. But is the plan what's best for the environment, for the U.S. economy or for T. Boone Pickens?


T. Boone Pickens, founder & chairman of BP Capital Management, the "Oracle of Oil"


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