Foreign Policy


Ex-Commerce Secretary Pritzker on Saving the Future of Jobs

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Today, the Council on Foreign Relations–sponsored Independent Task Force released The Work Ahead, a report on the American workforce in the 21st century. It does not make for comforting reading. The Work Ahead portrays a country where automation and other technological advances have rendered the economy unrecognizable--employment is no longer linked to economic security, the labor market is brutally divided between a prosperous tech-savvy elite and the struggling tech-illiterate, and the educational system is ill-equipped to prepare workers to succeed. And yet The Work Ahead does not blame technology per se, but rather a government and society that have consistently failed to adjust to economic reality--leaving workers to navigate a rapidly changing world without sufficient support or guidance. It doesn't have to be this way.


How Much Does Artificial Intelligence Threaten National Security?

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As policymakers debate the government's role in developing artificial intelligence, a House bill aims to shed light on the emerging technology's role in strengthening national security. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act would create an independent panel to explore recent advancements in artificial intelligence and assess the economic and national security impacts of the budding technology. Introduced Tuesday by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who heads the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, the legislation would provide direction for agencies looking to steer the growth of AI in the coming years. With some experts calling artificial intelligence "the biggest economic and technological revolution" of our lifetimes, maintaining an edge in the field could prove critical to America's position on the world stage. "Artificial intelligence is a constantly developing technology that will likely touch every aspect of our lives," Stefanik said in a statement.


How Much Does Artificial Intelligence Threaten National Security?

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As policymakers debate the government's role in developing artificial intelligence, a House bill aims to shed light on the emerging technology's role in strengthening national security. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act would create an independent panel to explore recent advancements in artificial intelligence and assess the economic and national security impacts of the budding technology. Introduced Tuesday by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who heads the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, the legislation would provide direction for agencies looking to steer the growth of AI in the coming years. With some experts calling artificial intelligence "the biggest economic and technological revolution" of our lifetimes, maintaining an edge in the field could prove critical to America's position on the world stage. "Artificial intelligence is a constantly developing technology that will likely touch every aspect of our lives," Stefanik said in a statement.


Artificial intelligence and national security

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Just as there are some (admittedly imperfect) technological solutions that attempt to prevent image software like Photoshop from being used to counterfeit money, there may be technological solutions that can mitigate the worst impacts of AI-enabled forgery. For instance, cameras could be designed that would hash encrypted video files in a block chain. This would not prevent later editing and forgery, but it would allow definitive, cryptographically secured evidence that a given version of a video or audio file existed at a given date. Though lay people would still struggle to know the truth, this might allow sophisticated investigators to definitively confirm that at least some versions were edited, since their hash date would be later than the original. This is but one potential research avenue to limit the impact of AI-enabled forgery.


talk Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society

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He looks at ethical issues such as dealing with technological risks. The Meetings Program provides members with in-person access -- in New York, NY and Washington, DC -- to world leaders, senior government officials, members of US Congress, and prominent practitioners in academia, policy, and business -- many are members themselves. Ray Kurzweil is personally featured or discussed in these talks by world renowned thinkers at CFR events. CFR recurring meeting series invite leaders to discuss the important foreign policy issues of our time. QUESTION: Would you be willing to speculate on the trajectory of artificial intelligence and machine learning and its social impact?


How The World Economic Forum Is Tackling The Dangers Of Big Tech

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Yes, although the real work is happening not on the slopes of Davos, but on a hill overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The location, in Presidio National Park, illustrates how the Forum and key member companies have shifted their focus in recent years to the promise and perils of emerging technologies. After all, San Francisco has become the global capital of a tech industry with companies that are as influential as countries. "The tech companies were having an increasing impact on pretty much every foreign policy issue that we were dealing with," says Zvika Krieger, who served as the U.S. State Department's envoy to Silicon Valley in the Obama administration's final year.


India, Japan to introduce artificial intelligence, robotics in defence sector

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NEW DELHI: India and Japan will work together to introduce artificial intelligence and robotics in the defence sector, the next level of strategic cooperation between the two Asian partners. Kentaro Sonoura, Japan's state minister for foreign affairs and a close adviser to PM Shinzo Abe, told TOI in an exclusive chat, "You should expect to see increased bilateral cooperation between us to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and robotics." The strategic sphere is where the bulk of India-Japan convergence lies. After the nuclear agreement was ratified by the Japanese parliament late 2017, Sonoura said India and Japan would be setting up a joint task force for commercial agreements by the end of January. With the legislation behind them, the Japanese minister said Tokyo was keen to get this going.


Artificial Intelligence is Trade Policy's New Frontier - TFO Canada

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People are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) -- that is, the machines, systems or applications that are capable of performing tasks that, until recently, could only be performed by a human. Think of your morning routine: maybe a Google Assistant checks your calendar and reminds you of your meetings. Then you survey Twitter, which uses algorithms to curate what you see -- the latest about Trump, trade and technology rise to the top. And at the end of it all, when you settle in for some Netflix, your profile suggests a few thrillers you're likely to binge-watch. Marketing statistics reveal that some 57 percent of consumers expect voice-activated smart assistants to have a major or moderate impact on their daily lives by 2020.


Artificial Intelligence is Trade Policy's New Frontier

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People are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) -- that is, the machines, systems or applications that are capable of performing tasks that, until recently, could only be performed by a human.


Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative

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We are poised at the beginning of a new industrial revolution, this one powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The past several years have seen rapid advances in AI technology, driven in large part by deep neural networks. Machines have bested humans in a variety of games, including chess, Jeopardy, Go, and poker, and are now being applied to help solve a wide variety of practical problems, such as health care, finance, and transportation.