Tech in the News: NATO and emerging technologies

Margaret Kosal

Posted January 13, 2020

External Article: European Leadership Network

Margaret E. Kosal, an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, wrote "NATO and emerging technologies" in the European Leadership Network.

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Like other technological breakthroughs of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, such as gene-editing, the ubiquitous extent of ‘cyber’-everything through information and communications technologies, nanotechnology, and the cognitive sciences, much of the concern regarding the potential offensive applications of artificial intelligence is highly speculative and based on worst-case scenarios. The technical and operational veracity of scenarios varies highly from the robust pragmatic realpolitik to dystopian fantasy. Particularly of the industrialised global north, worst-case scenarios garner easy media attention and can inadvertently drive policy decisions. Choices can be made today, and policy can be implemented in the near future, that are likely to shift the balance in favour of maximizing the benefits and minimizing the negative effects on global security.

Read the article on the European Leadership Network.