Permissionless Innovation: Lunch and Discussion with Adam Thierer and Wendell Wallach

May 03, 2016
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 901 K Street NW, 11th Floor Washington, D.C. 20001

Event Speakers

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow

Technological innovation has exploded over the last two decades. Policymakers face new challenges as they consider the acceptable level of risk associated with new technologies while still allowing entrepreneurs to flourish.

Please join us for a high-level discussion between two of the top scholars in the arena, who have very different responses to technology's impact on society.

Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow and author of the newly-expanded Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom, argues that innovators should be left free to experiment with new technologies and business models with little interference from regulators.

Wendell Wallach, consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and author of A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond our Control, suggests policymakers should take a more cautious approach, emphasizing the need to consider the potential dangers and moral implications of emerging technologies.

Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the many facets of the debate as well as a complimentary copy of Permissionless Innovation. A book signing will follow the discussion.