Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Event recap | AI, China, and the global quest for digital sovereignty – Report launch

In this episode of the GeoTech Hour, hosted January 13, 2021, we launch the report “Smart Partnerships amid Great Power Competition,” hold a conversation about AI, China, and the global quest for digital sovereignty, and gather experts to discuss regional specifics and the report authors’ alternative futures for global technology cooperation.

Event Recap by GeoTech Center

Africa Americas

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Smart partnerships amid great power competition

The report captures key takeaways from various roundtable conversations, identifies the challenges and opportunities that different regions of the world face when dealing with emerging technologies, and evaluates China’s role as a global citizen. In times of economic decoupling and rising geopolitical bipolarity, it highlights opportunities for smart partnerships, describes how data and AI applications can be harnessed for good, and develops scenarios on where an AI-powered world might be headed.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa Americas

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Cooperation in a bipolar world

Taking into account China’s growing influence around the world, discussions often alluded to an uncomfortable truth: In order to avoid catastrophe, even rivals must cooperate, which is why participants, particularly at roundtables in Europe, were keen to identify a number of areas that could lower the tensions and help build trust among antagonistic stakeholders.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

An unequal world

An unequal world is probably the base case, exacerbated by the social and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic. In this future, emerging technologies have deepened divisions and inequalities instead of leveling the playing field domestically and internationally.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

India’s quest for digital sovereignty

Similar to Europe’s “Third Way Approach,” and in order to navigate between the US and the Chinese models, India is also trying to develop a concept of digital sovereignty, all the while mitigating negative externalities of great power competition.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Worries about AI externalities

There is no doubt that emerging technologies have gained significant importance over the last couple of years, but a sense of caution is required when it comes to the hype surrounding AI. Technologies have so far remained a tool and their applications won’t be solving all of humanity’s problems anytime soon.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Technology for good

By focusing on healthcare, food security and agriculture, education, or infrastructure, global AI competition could be given a very different spin, mitigating the rivalry aspect of politics. How modern technologies should be centered on serving those broader global interests was at the core of the discussions in the roundtable focused on Africa.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

A bipolar world

A Bipolar World is where Sino-US competition edges out any possibility of cooperation—not just on data and AI. Countries in Europe and Asia are forced to choose between Washington and Beijing while desperately trying to develop their own digital sovereignty.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

A multilateral resurgence

A multilateral resurgence is a world that evolves after significant Sino-US confrontations occur on the scale of the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis. Post-pandemic, both the United States and China step back from the precipice, realizing that their unrestrained, full-spectrum competition with one another could lead to disaster and mutual destruction.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa Americas

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Third parties don’t want to choose sides

Many worry about what could follow Pax Americana, especially since providing global security has always been a costly endeavor. A European Union (EU) approach was that Europe could serve as a bridge between the United States and China, somehow mitigating the ever-intensifying rivalry.

GeoTech Cues by Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa China
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