Mirror Earth:
Simulating Our Future

A Virtual Intelligence Session
Thursday, May 27, 2021
2:30-4:30pm PT / 5:30-7:30pm ET

Join Strategic News Service, ICES Foundation President Bob Bishop, and UC San Diego Calit2 Founding Director Emeritus Larry Smarr for a conversation on digital twins of physical reality and how creating a mirror of Earth could transform our ability to respond to global challenges.

Each of our FiReSide monthly virtual intelligence sessions features two interactive centerpiece interviews. FiReSide events are designed to give you the opportunity to connect with everyone in the room. In addition to providing plenty of Q&A time for each interview, these centerpiece conversations close with two rounds of small-group discussions with speakers and attendees focused on the topics at hand, and extra full-group social time for those who wish to linger.

Digital Twins of Physical Reality | Larry Smarr, PhD; Founding Director Emeritus of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

Dr. Larry Smarr is a University of California San Diego Distinguished Professor Emeritus in UCSD’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For the last 20 years he served as the Founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He was earlier the Founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2006, he received the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for his lifetime achievements in distributed computing. Smarr has served on top-level advisory committees to the NIH, NASA, the NSF, and the DOE.

Interviewed by | Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service & Pattern Computer Inc.


Modeling the Whole Earth System: A Challenge Whose Time Has Come? | Bob Bishop, D.Sc., President and Founder, ICES Foundation

Bob Bishop, D.Sc., is a veteran leader within the global science community, having 50 years’ experience in negotiating, building, and operating international ventures. Working with scientists, technologists, and engineers of every discipline, Bishop rose to the position of chair and CEO of Silicon Graphics Inc., where he spent 20 years. Prior to that, he was VP International of Apollo Computer Inc. for five years, and before that, senior manager at Digital Equipment Corp. for 15 years in the US, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland.

Having lived and worked in four continents, five countries, and 10 cities, and having mentored over 100 subsidiaries for US technology companies, Bishop applies his deep geopolitical sense in his current work as an advisor to startup ventures, corporate clients, and government organizations. He founded BBWORLD Consulting Services to manage this activity shortly after completing his 40-year-long corporate career.

Interviewed by | Brenda Cooper, Technologist & Science Fiction Author


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It’s hard to replace in-person connections, but we come pretty close. As part of this evening, you’ll have a chance to ask both of our centerpiece speakers your own questions. We’ll also hold two smaller virtual networking sessions for all speakers and attendees so you can connect with everyone in your room.

Spread the love. By registering for this SNS FiReSide event you will receive a six-month gift subscription for a friend or colleague to the Strategic News Service Global Report (a $300 value), the most accurate source for what to expect in the next 3-5 years in technology and the global economy. You will be emailed a link to sign up your friend once you’ve registered. Please note: Gift subscriptions can only be redeemed by those who are not past or current SNS members.


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