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Twin Pillars: Upholding National Security and National Innovation in Emerging Technologies Governance January 23, 2020 DOWNLOAD THE REPORT     In an era of global technological competition and diffusion of innovation, the United States must uphold the twin pillars of national security and national innovation. The overall success of the U.S. federal government in emerging technologies governance is at best a mixed case and is overall inadequate to the scale and stakes of the challenges and opportunities ahead. This report assesses the current effectiveness of the U.S. federal government approach to emerging technologies with recommended actions to enhance governance in domestic and international contexts. This report is made possible by the generous support of Leonardo DRS. DOWNLOADS Download the Full Report WRITTEN BY LinkedIn   Twitter Samuel Brannen Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Risk and Foresight Group Twitter Kathleen H. Hicks Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program Christian S. Haig Katherine

Artificial Intelligence and the Manufacturing of Reality

by  Christopher Paul  and  Marek N. Posard January 20, 2020 In 2016, a third of surveyed Americans told researchers they believed the government was concealing what they knew about the  “North Dakota Crash,”  a conspiracy made up for the purposes of the survey by the researchers themselves. This crash never happened, but it highlights the flaws humans carry with them in deciding what is or is not real. The internet and other technologies have made it easier to weaponize and exploit these flaws, beguiling more people faster and more compellingly than ever before. It is likely artificial intelligence will be used to exploit the weaknesses inherent in human nature at a scale, speed, and level of effectiveness previously unseen. Adversaries like Russia could pursue goals for using these manipulations to subtly reshape how targets view the world around them, effectively manufacturing their reality. If even some of our predictions are accurate, all governance reliant on public opinion, mass

Managing the rising influence of nationalism

Robin Niblett Supporters of the far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro, celebrate in Rio de Janeiro, after the former army captain won Brazil's presidential election   Managing the Rising Influence of Nationalism There is an urgent need for global responses to a host of shared challenges, from climate change and technological disruption to financial imbalances. And yet, perversely, atavistic politics that seek to divide people are returning to the fore in democracies and autocracies alike. What is going on? The rise and fall and rise of nationalism All the world’s nations and nation states are organized around myths. In 1983, the Irish historian Benedict Anderson described how political leaders beginning in the 18th century created “imagined communities” in order to build modern, industrialized European states; more recently, Israeli historian Yuval Harari has explained how humanity used “lies” and “stories” to transition fr

"Emergency in China"

Axios PM Mike Allen       PRESENTED BY FACEBOOK Data: National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios The coronavirus isn't yet "a global health emergency," but it's definitely an emergency in China. The big picture:  Coronavirus "has raised the specter of a repeat of the SARS epidemic" in 2002–03 that killed roughly 800 worldwide, the N.Y. Times  reports . The death toll is now 18 , including one man 600 miles from Wuhan. Major cities have canceled  large public gatherings for the Lunar New Year holiday, the most important in the country. Multiple cities are on relative lockdown  in hopes of containing the virus. Why it matters:  "Only five global public health emergency declarations have been made in the past. The decisions are fraught, with health authorities wary of causing panic, or of suggesting that governments cannot hand

How should governments regulate AI? IBM Policy Lab offers up solutions

AXIOS     We have already seen concerns about opaque AI systems making safety- and life-critical decisions.  Read  IBM Policy Lab’s new precision regulation framework  for AI  that aims to ensure accountability, transparency, fairness and security across AI systems.

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