Virtual Library

Our virtual library is an online repository of all of the reports, papers, and briefings that IST has produced, as well as works that have influenced our thinking.

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Reports

Unlocking U.S. Technological Competitiveness: Public-Private Misalignments in Biotechnology, Energy, and Quantum Sectors

Ben Purser, Pavneet Singh

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Reports

Effects of Electromagnetic Pulses on Communication Infrastructure: An IST Primer

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Reports

How Does Access Impact Risk? Assessing AI Foundation Model Risk Along a Gradient of Access

Zoë Brammer, along with contributors from the AI Foundation Model Access Working Group

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Fact Sheet

DOD and SBA Launch the Small Business Investment Company Critical Technology (SBICCT) Initiative

Strategic Balancing Initiative

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Fact Sheet

White House Releases Outbound Investment Executive Order

Strategic Balancing Initiative

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Reports

Strengthening Resilience in 21st Century Crisis Communications

Alexa Wehsener, Sylvia Mishra

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Fact Sheet

DoD Releases the National Defense Science and Technology Strategy

Strategic Balancing Initiative

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Roundtable Discussion: AI and Human Decision Making

Institute for Security and Technology, Center for Global Security Research

SUMMARY

As the 21st century geopolitical balance shifts in uncertain ways, there is an increasing eagerness to deploy AI technologies into the both the physical and digital battlefields, to gain both tactical and strategic advantage over adversaries. However, the nature of increasingly powerful and unpredictable AI demands a cautious approach to releasing it before the limitations, risks, and vulnerabilities are fully understood and addressed. The consensus among the discussants was that these technologies are not currently “ready for primetime”, on a number of levels. First, assumptions regarding the ability for AI technologies to “predict” are over-hyped. Second, an increase in power in a specific task does not translate to unrelated tasks: the current generation of AI remains limited to constrained environments – which warzones are not – making the deployment of current AI technologies in a military context highly unpredictable. On June 29, 2018, Technology for Global Security and the Center for Global Security Research hosted a roundtable discussion. The discussion specifically investigated the potential security implications of these technologies as they are considered for use in military capacities. The discussion was attended by a mix of academics, research scientists, venture capitalists, civil society, and industry. ​ This discussion was the first in a series of workshops to better understand the potential role AI will play in international stability and deterrence.

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