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Emerging technologies like AI, synthetic biology, and the internet of things are reshaping world affairs. As the seat of technological creativity and expertise and the owner of much of the technology infrastructure that runs the world, Silicon Valley plays a crucial role in advancing international security. Carnegie is bridging innovators in Silicon Valley with technology and policy hubs around the world to solve the most pressing international challenges.
AI technologies capable of creating audio-visual forgeries, or deepfakes, are accessible today. These technologies benefit industries that rely on computer-generated imagery but they also help governments, fringe groups, and extremists seeking to reduce overall trust in democracy. Without strategies for countering them effectively, malicious uses of deepfakes can disrupt social trust, undermine coalitions, and even stoke conflict. To confront this challenge, Carnegie is convening experts from industry, government, and civil society inside and outside Silicon Valley in a working-series. The objectives of the series are to identify the specific applications of deepfakes that have a high probability of disrupting international stability, pinpoint interventions that can reduce the disruptive potential of deepfakes, and build channels to actively engage policymakers and technologists in these interventions.
Current debates emphasize AI’s potential to exacerbate inequality within countries, and the need for redistribution mechanisms such as a universal basic income. Less attention is paid to AI’s potential to exacerbate inequality between countries and restructure the global political economy, and even less on how nonindustrialized countries can develop their economies to capture productivity gains from AI. In collaboration with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the University of California Berkeley and the Public Policy Program at Stanford University, Carnegie is conducting foundational research on the political economy of AI and its implications for the distribution of global power and security.

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