Live virtual Presentation: June 4, 2020 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific time.

Presentation will be published to YouTube shortly after presentation.

Today the data suggests that we are near the beginning of a chaotic mess of global proportions.  Things are fairly simple: a global pandemic with no tools to fight the virus. a global economy in disarray, climate change and other existential risks beginning to intrude into our daily lives, and a total lack of a plan as to what to do.  On the other hand, we are at the pinnacle of human capabilities and have, if we choose to do so, the capability create a Utopian egalitarian world without conflict or want.

In this two hour program a group of experts will explore the future, focusing on 2030 and 2050.   Where are we now?  What is trending?  What if anything can be done about it?

You are invited to participate in a virtual conference live using Zoom (version 5.0 or greater) or watch the recorded version when it is published on YouTube.   You must REGISTER ( to receive a URL to access the live virtual presentation and find the YouTube video of the presentation

The Panel

John Markoff Stanford Institute for Human Centered AI, ex-NY Times (Moderator)

Garrett Banning Washington-based strategic thinker and analyst

Joy Buolamwini Algorithmic Justice League | Poet of Code; Harvard

Carole Dumaine Consultant, NIC, CIA; Co-founder of

John Hennessy Stanford University professor, past President; Chair BoD Alphabet

Michael Mann Earth System Science Center and Professor, Penn State

Carmine Medina Former CIA Deputy Director, Author of Rebels At Work

Paul Saffo Forecaster of technology change, Stanford Engineering Adjunct

Megan Smith CEO shift7, MIT Board, ex-CIO of the US under Obama


The Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop is one of the iconic gatherings which supported the growth of computing.  This is the first  mini-conference that replaces the 46th Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Stanford EE Colloquium on Computer Systems, EE380, will present the mini-conference as one of its offerings for Spring Quarter 2020.  Page to the bottom of the schedule and click on the June 4th entry to get to the registration link.


Dennis Allison Program conception and organization

Robert Kennedy III Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop General Chair