Emerging Technologies Roundtable

About ARC’s Emerging Technologies Roundtable

Initiated in 2021, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Emerging Technologies Roundtable is comprised of subject matter and issue experts from the Metropolitan Atlanta community. Roundtable members meet quarterly to explore, advise, and report on the ways in which emerging technologies may impact how we will live, work and travel in our region over the coming decade and beyond. Following each Emerging Technologies Roundtable (ETR) meeting, a report is published that summarizes the meeting themes and explores possible future scenarios. The reports are designed to better prepare ARC staff, constituents, and the governments we serve to plan for preferred outcomes by providing actionable insights on plausible futures. Technology topic areas (with sub-topic examples) explored by the Emerging Technologies Roundtable Members (pdf) include:

Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Algorithmic Bias)
Infrastructure and Connected Communities (5G/6G, IoT, Smart Cities, V2X, Digital Twin)
Energy, Climate, Water and Environment (Small Modular Reactors, Solar, Wind, Wave, Grid, Water Technology, Electrification and Resilient Systems)
Transportation (Micromobility, Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, Advanced Air Mobility, Drones)
Virtual Presence and Gaming (Extended Reality, Metaverse and Gaming)
Manufacturing and Construction (Nanotech, Materials, Housing Innovations, 3D-Printing)
Supply Chain and Logistics (Autonomous Guided Vehicles/Mobile Robots, Freight, Intermodal)
Fintech (Distributed Ledger Technology, Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Non-Fungible Tokens)
Food and Agriculture (Vertical Farming, Synthetic Food, Bioreactors)
Robotics and Automation (Robotic Process Automation, Human-Robot Collaboration/Cobots, Industrial and Professional Robots)
Aging and Health (Biotech, Synthetic Biology, Cellular Health, Brain-Computer Interface, Augmented Humans)
Safety and Security (Public Safety, Crime, Cybersecurity, Trust, Biometrics)
Computing (Quantum, Software, Systems Integration)
The Intersection of Emerging Technologies and Community
The Intersection of Emerging Technologies and Arts
The Intersection of Emerging Technologies and Ethics & Equity
The Intersection of Emerging Technologies and Economy (Innovation, Production and Economics)
The Intersection of Emerging Technologies and Work & Workforce Development

Upcoming Roundtable Meetings

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Previous Roundtable Meetings

Applied Future Scenarios | October 20, 2022, 3-5pm

Welcome David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Strategic Foresight: Who, Why and How David Giguere, Atlanta Regional Commission
Review your Four Futures Roundtable Members
Exploring Two Strategic Foresight Tools David Giguere, Atlanta Regional Commission
Craft Future Scenarios Roundtable Members
Adjourn
 

Q3 2022 Meeting | July 29, 2022, 1-3pm

Welcome and Introductions David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Presentation on Responsible AI, Dr. Nashlie Sephus, Applied Science Manager at Amazon AI and Founder/CEO at The Bean Path
Presentation on The State of Digital Art in Atlanta & Possible Futures, Jessica Anderson, Research Scientist and Director of DataWorks at Georgia Institute of Technology
Proposed Schedule for upcoming meetings David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Adjourn
Q3 2022 Meeting Report: Responsible Artificial Intelligence & The State of Digital Art in Atlanta (pdf)
 

Q2 2022 Meeting | April 27, 2022, 1-3pm

Welcome and Introductions, Anna Roach, Executive Director and CEO, Atlanta Regional Commission
Presentation on Alternative Futures for Solar Power in Georgia, Dr. Marilyn A. Brown, Regents’ Professor School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology
Presentation on Virtual Presence, Elizabeth Strickler, Senior Lecturer and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Creative Media Industries Institute at Georgia State University
Proposed Schedule for upcoming meetings David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Adjourn
Q2 2022 Meeting Report: Alternative Futures for Solar Power in Georgia & The Virtual is Real (pdf)
 

Q1 2022 Meeting | February 25, 2022, 3-5pm

Welcome and Accomplishment Summary, David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Presentation on Energy, Electrification and Resiliency, Mark G. Lauby, Senior VP and Chief Engineer at North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Presentation on Connected Communities, Brandon Branham, CTO and Assistant City Manager at the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Topic Suggestions David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Adjourn
Q1 2022 Meeting Report:  Connected Communities & Energy, Electrification and Resiliency  (pdf)
 

Introduction to Future Scenarios | February 11, 2022 3-5pm

An Introduction to Future Scenarios, David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
 

Q4 2021 Meeting | November 19, 2021, 3-5pm

Welcome Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
ARC’s Region and Groups: An Overview Mike Alexander, Center for Livable Communities Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
Emerging Technologies: The Perspective of an Elected Official Mayor Tom Reed, City of Chattahoochee Hills
Emerging Technologies Roundtable Structure and Process David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Presentation on Transportation Technology Laura Rogers, The Ray and Mayor Reed
Presentation on Artificial Intelligence Muhammed Ahmed, Mailchimp and Mayor Reed
Future Scenarios and Post-Meeting Survey David Giguere, ETR Co-Chair, Atlanta Regional Commission
Closing Remarks Chairman Kerry Armstrong, Atlanta Regional Commission
Adjourn
Q4 2021 Meeting Report: Transportation Technology and Artificial Intelligence (pdf)