How AI is changing the contours of geopolitics

Jan 29, 2019, 7:32 AM EST
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(Source: Bill Smith/flickr)

The inexorable march of artificial intelligence has its own repercussions, the ones that don’t leave geopolitics untouched. As the lines between human intelligence and machine intelligence blur and the algorithms take the driving seat across industries, the equations among nations will be shaken up in manners and to the extent that the foundations of global peace and security may be threatened.

The growth of artificial intelligence will affect most of the domains that govern geopolitics, for example manufacturing, trade, transportation, labor markets and others, prompting nations to rethink on their approaches to national security and the architecture of their militaries, notes Brookings.

The race for AI supremacy is already underway, but the players not only comprise of nations, but sub components, such as individuals, government, industries, organizations and academia as well, writes Forbes. For instance, historically wars have been gauged for legitimacy based on alliances, but AI will change that. The already fragile NATO and the EU alliances could face challenges as each nation embarks on its own journey in the field of AI.