Emerging Technologies


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.

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    Philosophical Debates About AI Risks Are a Distraction

    Careful, objective study can help policymakers and the public understand how to harness the benefits of AI while also mitigating its risks. But the effective altruism versus effective acceleration debate is not a useful framework for such analyses, because while the two positions may be opposed, both start from assumptions rather than questions.

    Dec 22, 2023

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    Robots, Drones, and AI, Oh My: Navigating the New Frontier of Military Medicine

    The integration of autonomous drones and robotic technology marks a turning point, heralding a transformative era in battlefield care. The future of military medicine lies in harnessing these advancements while maintaining the ethical integrity and human touch essential to medical care.

    Jan 8, 2024

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