Author: Walter Isaacson

President and CEO of the Aspen Institute

Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.

A Roadmap for Restoring the American Dream

by Walter Isaacson
— For our nation to power through our next great revolution, we need to reinvent America as an innovation hub. We need to recognize that education is the greatest talent engine we possess and use collaboration to multiply those talents. Read more

It’s Time to Build a More Secure Internet

by Walter Isaacson
— Yes, anonymity is empowering. But escalating hacks and scams show that we need a safer alternative. A decade of escalating hacks begs the question: should we permit users to choose to be part of a parallel Internet that offers less anonymity but greater security? Read more

The Price of Genius

by Walter Isaacson
— Alan Turing was the seminal theorist behind the notion of a universal computer. He was part of the secret team that broke the German wartime codes, and he framed the most fundamental question of the computer age: Can machines think? Read more

The Great Connectors

by Walter Isaacson
— Just as the Industrial Revolution was driven by combining the steam engine with ingenious machinery, the Digital Revolution has been driven by two great innovations: the personal computer and the Internet.  Together, they shifted influence from an old establishment to a new one led by the pioneers of technology, information, and entertainment. Read more

What Could Be Lost as Einstein’s Papers Go Online

by Walter Isaacson
— By empowering everyone to get information unfiltered, it diminishes the role of gatekeepers and intermediaries. But even in our digital age, scholars should visit their subjects’ archives—not just surf their sites.  Read more

The Myth of the Lone Genius

by Walter Isaacson
— In an excerpt and essay drawn from his new book "The Innovators," Walter Isaacson argues that the best creations since the dawn of the digital age have been the result of collaboration. This unique ingredient often provided the critical difference for some of the Internet's greatest advances, and even helped Isaacson complete his book.    Read more

Where Does Innovation Come From?

by Walter Isaacson
— We live in the age of computers, but few of us know who invented them. Because most of the pioneers were part of collaborative teams working in wartime secrecy, they aren't as famous as an Edison, Bell or Morse. Read more

The Rating Game

by Walter Isaacson
— If we all thought we were subject to being rated by the people around us, we might work harder to be on our best behavior. Read more