New innovations in digital technology and information networks have the potential to revolutionize our nation’s infrastructure. Now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to leverage these cutting-edge technologies to create more efficient and more resilient infrastructure systems. Today, America’s electric companies are investing billions of dollars each year to reinforce the grid, which is the backbone of the electric power system. To meet the needs of a 21st-century digital economy, the grid must be enhanced and transformed—an effort that will require the collaboration of utility companies, lawmakers, and entrepreneurs. At the federal and state government levels, how can we encourage bipartisan support for an overhaul of our infrastructure landscape? In the energy sector, what are the most promising new technologies with the potential to transform our existing energy grids? As we embrace the integration of digital technology with our grid system, how can we combat new cybersecurity concerns and prepare a workforce equipped with a high-tech skill set? On , The Atlantic will host a series of panels and interviews featuring top infrastructure experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to identify the key challenges and opportunities for public officials, utility providers, and consumers as we work to equip our infrastructure to withstand the challenges of the 21st century.
Since 1857, The Atlantic magazine has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on theatlantic.com, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we are living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.
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