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HMS Dreadnought underway, with an anchor suspended from the starboard deck edge, circa 1906–1907. Note the array of booms used to deploy her anti-torpedo net system.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Seapower between the First and the Second Machine Age: From Self-propelled Torpedoes to Artificial Intelligence

Thu., Oct. 12, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Andrea Gilli, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

What are the consequences for international politics of the emergence of robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence: the so-called second machine age? Are these new technologies going to promote instability and conflict, as many warn, or are they going to reinforce U.S. military primacy. How are they going to affect warfare, use of force, and even world politics? The literature in international relations theory has generally neglected technology and its dynamics and thus does not offer clear guidance.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.