Artificial Intelligence


Technology, machines, and software that have the ability to be self-directed and learn from their actions are generally known as artificial intelligence. In the early days of computing, RAND researchers examined and tried to develop such technology and apply it for use in political and military simulations.

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    How Artificial Intelligence Could Increase the Risk of Nuclear War

    Apr 24, 2018

    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.

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    A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence

    Dec 1, 1986

    A brief history of RAND's research in artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems from the development of one of the first stored-program digital computers, the JOHNNIAC, to the current work on AI technology and its uses, including work on expert systems, knowledge-based simulation, and human-oriented environments.

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    Andrew J. Lohn

    Information Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California Santa Cruz; B.Eng. in engineering physics, McMaster University

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    Andrew Karode

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education B.A. in computer science and political science, Wake Forest University; M.S. in computer science, Wake Forest University

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    Omair Khan

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P., University of Michigan; B.S. in economics, Georgia State University

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    Katie Orlowsky

    Defense Policy Analyst
    Education MA in national securty studies, United States Naval War College; BA in political science, Oakland University

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    Osonde A. Osoba

    Co-Director, Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Information Scientist;
    Education Ph.D. & M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Southern California; B.S. in electrical and computer engineering, University of Rochester

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    Edward Parker

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physics, UC Santa Barbara; M.A. in physics, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in physics, Brown University

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    Danielle C. Tarraf

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (control theory), MIT; S.M. in mechanical engineering, MIT; B.E. in mechanical engineering, American University of Beirut

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    William Welser IV

    Adjunct Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in finance, Boston College; M.B.A., Boston College; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Virginia

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    Yuna Huh Wong

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in political science, Columbia University; B.S. in political science and economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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