Benjamin Verdi

Benjamin Verdi is YPFP’s 2020 Cybersecurity & Technology fellow and a global innovation manager with Grant Thornton International Ltd.

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

March 23, 2021

Past the glow of the Shanghai evening, a single red beam threads its way into the silent stratosphere. It is a laser originating from a laboratory whose machinery few can operate or explain. The laser is meant to bounce off a distant satellite before returning for the purpose of encrypting...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

January 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the city’s incredible story...

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

October 21, 2020

It is unquestionably inspiring that the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired millions of Americans to question their understandings of race, policing, justice and the true nature of history. It represents, perhaps, the most hopeful global development in this most tumultuous year. Encouragingly, some cities and states have already taken...

How Tech Innovation Can Revive the US Economy

June 29, 2020

As groundbreaking as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is in its scope, sticker-price and level of bipartisan endorsement, the global pandemic it was rightly drafted to combat remains even more historic. Economists will be measuring the impact of the novel coronavirus on the global economy for...