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
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.
Report Sep 14, 2022
Detecting disruption in closed systems
By Natalie Barrett, David Bray, Mary Versa Clemens-Sewall, Kiran Jivnani, Anthony Scriffignano
This paper utilizes commercial data aggregation and data analytics to evaluate whether commercial data sets can be used to better understand the resiliency of closed military communities or other closed ecosystems of high value and importance.
Report Oct 14, 2021
Standardizing the future: How can the United States navigate the geopolitics of international technology standards?
By Giulia Neaher, David Bray, Julian Mueller-Kaler, and Benjamin Schatz
Standards for data and technology represent a key part of the world’s digital ecosystem, and as such, they can have significant implications for geopolitics. This report, published in partnership with the American Edge Project, endeavors to study the geopolitical dynamics surrounding technology standards setting to better inform related US policy.
Commentary and analysis
GeoTech Cues May 22, 2023
The regulators are coming for your AI
By Steven Tiell
The Group of Seven (G7) has lobbed the latest of three notable salvos in signaling that governments around the globe are focused on regulating Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). The G7 ministers have established the Hiroshima AI Process, an inclusive effort for governments to collaborate on AI governance, IP rights (including copyright), transparency, mis/disinformation, and responsible […]
GeoTech Cues Apr 27, 2023
Why US technology multinationals are looking to Africa for AI and other emerging technologies: Scaling tropical-tolerant R&D innovations
By Nii Simmonds
The African continent is emerging as a crucial player in the drive for innovation as technology continues to transform every industry. Due to its potential as a center for ground-breaking research and development (R&D) in artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies, US technology corporations are increasingly focusing on Africa.
GeoTech Cues Jan 25, 2023
AI generates new policy risk
By Jonno Evans
New AI tools will have a huge impact on how people work and live and can support innovation and productivity across sectors. But it is also important to be mindful of its potential for misuse. Governments, policymakers, and other stakeholders must be proactive to ensure that these tools are not exploited to cause harm.
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