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RAND played a pivotal role in emerging technologies throughout the 20th century, from satellites and computers to information-sharing systems, packet switching, and artificial intelligence. RAND now explores the policy implications of emerging technologies across a broad scope of areas such as patient outcomes and health care quality; energy and environmental standards; privacy; military weapon systems; and training teachers and students in the 21st century.

  • Futuristic medical and science and innovation for people, with Wireframe human body, 3D model polygonal dot and line, virtual scan anatomy body, artificial intelligence or AI for deep learning, photo by phuttaphat tipsana/Getty Images

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    Technological Approaches to Human Performance Enhancement

    Human performance enhancement (HPE) will have implications for military and intelligence operations. A variety of HPE could be of potential military and intelligence operational value. What are some approaches to HPE?

    Nov 23, 2021

  • Close view of a quantum computer, photo by Bartek Wróblewski/Adobe Stock

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    Commercial and Military Applications of Quantum Technology

    There are three main categories of quantum technology: quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computing. How—and when—might these technologies affect national security? And which countries lead in developing them?

    Oct 28, 2021

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