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Mixing Desk JUN2021

PGM: The Sydney Dialogue and opportunities in space, ASPI’s Critical Technology Tracker

Next week, ASPI will convene The Sydney Dialogue – the world’s leading policy summit on critical, emerging, cyber and space technologies. To give a preview of the discussions, Bec Shrimpton speaks to Professor Alan Duffy about opportunities in the space sector, Space 2.0 and the growing nexus between emerging technology and space.

Continuing on the technology theme, Danielle Cave and Jamie Gaida discuss ASPI’s landmark project, the Critical Technology Tracker. Based on a year’s worth of research and analysis, the tracker looked at which countries are ahead in 44 critical technologies by published research – including defense, space, robotics, energy, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and quantum. China leads in 37 out of the 44 tech fields, with the US leading in the other seven. To see how other countries perform, visit

Guests (in order of appearance):
Bec Shrimpton:
Professor Alan Duffy:…ile/?id=aduffy
Danielle Cave:
Jamie Gaida:

Music: "Righteous" by Ketsa, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective -