Security 2040: The Promise and Perils of AI, 3D Printing, and Speed

In coming decades, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing will pose new risks to people, nations, and global security. At the same time, accelerating change will challenge policymakers' capacity to adapt. As part of RAND's Security 2040 initiative, multidisciplinary teams of experts are building on RAND's legacy of helping decisionmakers anticipate and respond to trends that will impact our security and well-being.

In this Events @ RAND podcast, these experts discuss some of the most crucial trends and how to harness their potential.

Security 2040 Overview

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Andrew Parasiliti

Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security

How Might Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War?

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Edward Geist

Associate Policy Researcher

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Andrew Lohn


Additive Manufacturing in 2040: Powerful Enabler/Disruptive Threat

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J. Luke Irwin

Assistant Policy Researcher

Trevor Johnston

Associate Political Scientist

Troy D. Smith

Troy Smith

Associate Economist

Speed and Security: Promises, Perils, and Paradoxes of Accelerating Everything

Kathryn "Casey" Bouskill

Associate Social Scientist

Seifu Chonde

Associate Operations Researcher

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    Exploring the Future of Global Security

    What should security policymakers be planning for in the next 20 years? Security 2040 aims to answer that question by exploring how new technologies, evolving trends, and big ideas are shaping the future of global security.

    Apr 23, 2018

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    Security 2040: Perils and Promise Over the Near Horizon

    The Security 2040 initiative explores how new trends and technologies could impact the future of global security. The goal: Alert policymakers to potential future risks and recommend solutions.

    Apr 24, 2018

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    How Artificial Intelligence Could Increase the Risk of Nuclear War

    Advances in AI have provoked a new kind of arms race among nuclear powers. This technology could challenge the basic rules of nuclear deterrence and lead to catastrophic miscalculations.

    Apr 24, 2018

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    Can Humans Survive a Faster Future?

    Life is moving faster and faster. Just about everything—transportation, weapons, the flow of information—is accelerating. How will decisionmakers preserve our personal and national security in the face of hyperspeed?

    May 1, 2018