Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons
Erika Gregory - Nuclear reformer
Bringing cross-disciplinary tactics and innovation to a moribund defense industry, N Square’s Erika Gregory seeks to wean the world from its nuclear stockpiles. Full bio
material do you think it would take
it would be an amount
the right circumstances,
about the size of your morning latte
would become horribly ill,
would be uninhabitable for years,
are hundreds of times more powerful
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
involving, say, tens of nuclear weapons,
of all life on the planet.
over 15,000 nuclear weapons
or near a military facility,
of the rural areas
are on high alert,
within 15 minutes
what was it? -- psychic fatigue
for just a second,
about my imaginary friend,
politically and socially engaged
and leaders and activists.
about the issues they care about,
which makes sense,
at the end of the Cold War.
about nuclear weapons.
under her desk at school.
is an app in the Android store.
decisions about nuclear weapons.
our nuclear arsenals globally,
throughout the 21st century,
she's talking to her children
at all to cyberthreats,
about the Stuxnet virus
had an email account or a Yahoo account
of hurt that could be triggered
attention to the money,
and employing people,
of nuclear war to begin with.
to get ahold of them.
and two taxi drivers were arrested
for 200 million dollars,
for this stuff is alive and well.
dozens of accidents
anything about them.
on the Carolinas twice.
was stored somewhere else on the plane.
did arm when it hit the ground,
to keep it from detonating failed.
to get your attention,
a Norwegian rocket
came within five minutes
retaliatory nuclear attack
of these weapons of mass destruction.
of Nuclear Weapons,
arms control treaty in history
the world's nuclear-armed nations
sent a man to the moon
or decided to do both those things,
you guys get to it."
just a few years earlier.
people don't know this, either --
Cold War rival, the Soviet Union.
for the Apollo program
not a competition, with the Soviets.
the Soviet Premier, agreed.
could be realized,
between these two nuclear superpowers
that Jasmine was born
to the Russians when they needed it most,
to convert weapons-grade uranium
for nuclear power instead.
in the United States
by former Russian warheads.
did something truly audacious.
the global community has the chance
required to produce them,
for better or worse,
which gave rise to nuclear weapons,
for international collaboration;
a forcing mechanism;
that inspires action.
the 100th anniversary
in the New Mexico desert.
for another reason.
of the singularity,
intelligence and human intelligence blur,
become almost indistinguishable
the 21st century's greatest problems:
a multi-planetary species.
this vision are the first to say
how we're going to get there.
from the outcomes they want,
of collaborative design.
what we all consider possible.
on a 20th-century nuclear doctrine
the foundations for the 22nd century.
for mutually assured prosperity
mutually assured survival.
people who are real pioneers
are young women,
who is developing new ways,
overcome a critical hurdle
around far-flung nuclear sites.
to make nuclear weapons illegal
at the UN last week.
about moon shots,
and those of us who mentor them
that has really stuck with me,
believe that, too.
Possible believes it.
billions of people hostage
to manage global conflict.
moon shot worth supporting,
nuclear weapons tests,
some number of nuclear weapons
What's the magic number?
represents a greater global threat
on our imaginations;
in the creative solutions
from the future we desperately want,
from a present
and biases of the past with it.
as leaders across the spectrum
for Jasmine's generation
About the speaker:Erika Gregory - Nuclear reformer
Bringing cross-disciplinary tactics and innovation to a moribund defense industry, N Square’s Erika Gregory seeks to wean the world from its nuclear stockpiles.
Why you should listen
As a Juilliard drama graduate, serial entrepreneur Erika Gregory might seem like an unlikely candidate to disrupt the nuclear weapons industry. But given an establishment built on Cold War stereotypes and motivated by profits, outside innovation may be just what the world needs to shrink our still-growing atomic-weapons stockpile.
Now in her role as the Managing Director of N Square Collaborative, the brainchild of five of the world's largest peace and security funders, Gregory is exploring cross-disciplinary, collaborative approaches to nuclear weapons threat -- from engaging emerging technology innovators to recasting the way nuclear weapons are portrayed in games and other media.
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