Cyber and Data Sciences


RAND was at the forefront of early computing and data science. In the 1950s, we built computers to improve researchers' analytic and modeling capabilities. We also developed data communications technologies that were forerunners of the internet. Today, RAND experts recommend policies and best practices to support safe and secure technological innovation and adoption.

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    What Are the Risks of Using AI in Biological Weapon Attacks?

    When researchers role-playing as malign nonstate actors were assigned to realistic scenarios and tasked with planning a biological attack, there was no statistically significant difference in the viability of plans generated with or without the assistance of the current generation of large language models.

    Jan 25, 2024

  • Commentary

    The Promise and Peril of AI in the Power Grid

    Artificial intelligence is poised to transform how electricity is produced and consumed. But as with any new technology, its use comes with hidden risks and challenges that must be addressed.

    Jan 26, 2024

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