• Dr. Elkins facilitates an interaction between robots Pepper and AVATAR.
    February 27, 2018

    Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Conversation

    "The true end goal is to have an embodied agent moving around. You can think of AI as the brain, and robotics as the body. Right now, we have disembodied voices speaking to us–that’s not real. When we finally have these physically present robots, things will change. Robotics and virtual or augmented reality are two areas to focus on. Robotics is the tipping point. "more
  • January 15, 2018

    Justice is Key to Social Stability and Lasting Peace in Iraq

    "There is an immediate need to bring to justice all those who have committed crimes and violated the rights of Iraqi civilians, not only members of terrorist organizations but all who have, in personal or official capacity, committed vicious crimes. A credible justice system should give no consideration to political affiliations, social status, or religious and ethnic identities."more
  • December 13, 2017

    The Way Forward for Iraq After ISIS

    "Over three years have passed since ISIS took control of one third of Iraq. The war on ISIS resulted in unprecedented human losses and suffering, economic crisis and destruction of infrastructure and public and private property. It will require billions of US dollars and years to recover."more
  • November 12, 2017

    Addressing the Animal Origins of Infectious Diseases

    "We’ve found over the past few years that about 70 percent of new and reemerging infectious diseases have an animal origin. We have found that these diseases are spilling over into humans, and we think a lot of that has to do with humans encroaching more and more into animal spaces."more
  • October 4, 2017

    Economic Empowerment is a Civil Right

    "Operation HOPE is the first nonprofit banker in the United States. Our programs serve as a model for economic empowerment that have been acknowledged by President Bill Clinton, Oprah, the United States government, and other leaders and partners around the world. "more
  • September 5, 2017

    The Impact of Private Funding and Research on Lupus

    "In the lupus community, we’re all driven by the same goal - improving the lives of people with lupus - but there are silos. The culture of research and collaboration around drug development and working with industry doesn’t yet fully exist."more
  • August 3, 2017

    Bridging the Gaps Between Intentions and Outcomes

    "Structures are the organizing components of how you’ll work together. Without a structure, you have people doing things, but cohesion is missing. This makes it hard to prototype and move forward from failure or to the next success. Without a structure, the odds are high that you’ll be unable to do what you said you would do."more
  • July 31, 2017

    Combating Tropical Diseases and Poverty in Nicaragua

    "Tropical diseases and conditions in the area are especially dire for the local people given the level of poverty in the area. Nicaragua is the second most impoverished area in the western hemisphere, and according to the World Health Organization, only 6.3% of Nicaraguans have health insurance."more


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