About the GeoTech Center
Emerging technologies—including artificial intelligence, biotechnology, quantum information sciences, next-generation communications (including satellite constellations), and others—are transforming lives across the globe. Furthermore, the rapid adoption, innovation, and convergence of these technologies mean that their influence will expand, accelerate, and evolve in unforeseeable ways.
The GeoTech Center is working to identify and communicate what is required so that emerging technologies can enter use widely across the globe for public benefit, while identifying and mitigating potential societal and geopolitical risks. The Center thereby serves as an essential bridge between technologists and national as well as international policymakers, bringing together subject matter experts, thought leaders, and decision-makers through purposeful convenings to consider the broader societal, economic, and geopolitical implications of new and emerging technologies; leverage technology to solve global challenges; and develop actionable tech policy, partnerships, and programs.
Our current work is focused on the following emerging technology areas:
Future Areas of Interest
In addition to the technology policy areas mentioned above, future areas of interest include global policies needed to support technologies to mitigate climate change, strategies for international cooperation in semiconductor innovation, international science in the new age of geopolitical competition, and the implications of AI for scientific discovery, the future of knowledge, and the future of work.
Reports and Issue Briefs
Issue Brief Jul 27, 2023
Call for a federal digital twins strategy: Unlocking the potential for digital twins in the federal enterprise
By Solomon Wise
This report explores digital twin use cases, both in the private sector and in the federal government.The intent is to highlight some challenges, benefits, and risks associated with deploying digital twins to help inform government officials and policymakers.
Issue Brief Jun 29, 2023
What policymakers need to know about artificial intelligence
By Philip L. Frana
Behind the hype and fear lies a crucial truth—AI is designed to augment human intelligence, not replace it. This primer explains how developers strive to create systems that mimic human capabilities by finding patterns, making predictions, and generating meaningful and actionable insights using data generated by our information-rich world.
Report Oct 5, 2022
The data divide: How emerging technology and its stakeholders can influence the fourth industrial revolution
By Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., Solomon Wise
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is highlighted by the interconnection of devices and sensors to the internet. The computing and communication capabilities of these devices allow for roughly 2.5 quintillion byes of data to be produced, stored, and analyzed daily.
Commentary and analysis
GeoTech Cues Nov 16, 2023
AI governance on a global stage: Key themes from the biggest week in AI policy
By Courtney Lang
The week of October 30, 2023 was a monumental week for artificial intelligence (AI) policy globally. As a quick recap: In the United States, one of the longest Executive Orders (EO) in history was signed by President Biden, aimed at harnessing the opportunities of AI while also seeking to address potential risks that may be […]
New Atlanticist Nov 9, 2023
Rival powers agree that AI poses new risks. Can they work together to address them?
By Dame Wendy Hall and Trisha Ray
The recent AI Safety Summit in the United Kingdom offered a glimpse into a possible future of international cooperation on tackling risks associated with artificial intelligence.
New Atlanticist Oct 30, 2023
A warming world could unleash dangerous new pathogens. Metagenomics early warning tools are vital for pandemic prevention.
By Oluwayemisi Ajumobi
There is a need for policies that enable mainstream adoption and equitable scale-up of new genomic sequencing technologies capable of rapid and comprehensive surveillance of emerging biological threats.