To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group (FWG), hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Frank Doyle, are meetings that explore and answer the question: How do we define the public purpose in the context of emerging technologies and integrate public purpose into the development and management of those technologies?
Our collective future requires that experts apply knowledge in the service of civic duty and public purpose. The brightest and most creative problem solvers seek the hardest and most interesting problems. These meetings are an opportunity for faculty members and tech industry experts to evaluate the impacts of an emerging technology and exchange interdisciplinary approaches to guide their development. Furthermore, by gathering together, developing unfamiliar connections, and advancing new ideas, this community will be better prepared to shape the future of technological advancement.
The agenda for these meetings is designed to:
● Identify current controversies or debates surrounding this emerging technology
● Discuss inflection points where risks can be mitigated or public purpose can be integrated
● Propose mechanisms for mitigating risk or integrating public purpose
During the fall semester, our sessions focus on a selection of specific emerging and disruptive technologies. The spring semester sessions build on concerns raised and conclusions reached during the fall sessions and focus on potential solutions to help shape a future in which technology benefits humanity as a whole.
The fourth spring session for 2019 is on the topic of global norms for emerging technologies. The session will explore current efforts to establish norms for emerging technologies, and how these efforts might be informed by previously established global norms in human rights, arms control, and biotechnology.