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The use of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to human survival and wellbeing. As the world enters a new a period of rapid technological development, emerging technologies are challenging long-held assumptions and practices—about deterrence, disarmament, and nonproliferation—for how to best avoid the use of nuclear weapons through multilateral cooperation.

If nuclear governance regimes and norms do not become more adaptable to this accelerating pace of change, emerging technologies will disrupt or render obsolete existing institutions that control and mitigate the risks of nuclear weapons.


Current Work

To reduce this risk of nuclear use, the Stanley Foundation works to help global governance and technology development co-evolve in ways that manage or leverage the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Our efforts focus on:

  • Helping establish shared definitions of the risks and opportunities that emerging technologies pose for strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament.
  • Informing and support existing nuclear governance institutions as they adapt to be more responsive to the risks of emerging technologies.
  • Engendering collective responsibility among stakeholders for managing the disruptive effects of emerging technologies.
  • Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied to improve strategic stability, strengthen nonproliferation, and promote disarmament.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.


Latest Publication

An Internet of Nuclear Things: Emerging Technology and the Future of Supply Chain Security
Wyatt Hoffman and Tristan Volpe
Policy Analysis Brief
June 2018

Emerging technologies enabled by digitization—notably additive manufacturing—are alluring for the nuclear industry as it works to lower financial costs and remedy quality-control concerns with aged production lines. While cyberphysical manufacturing technology could increase the efficiency and visibility of supply-chain operations, the steady trend toward digitization and interconnection could result in unacceptable cyber risks, ranging from the... Read More

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Benjamin Loehrke
benl@stanleyfoundation.org
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09/07/18   Effects of the Global Information Ecosystem on the Risk of Nuclear Conflict
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07/24/18   Blockchain and Nuclear Safeguards: The Potential for Distributed Ledger Technology
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CONVENING POSTSCRIPT

Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence 

A special feature in collaboration with The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), deep-learning, and robotics are enabling new military capabilities that will have a disruptive impact on military strategies. The effects of these capabilities will be felt across the spectrum of military requirements—from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to offense/defense balances and even on to nuclear weapons systems themselves.

In this package, five top experts in AI and its potential uses in autonomous weapons and sensing systems weigh in on the moral and practical challenges of managing the explosion of military AI research and development around the world. The goal: to keep fast-paced advances in machine learning from sparking a worldwide AI arms race that poses a new existential risk to humanity. Read more.


Three Tweets to Midnight: Nuclear Crisis Stability and the Information Ecosystem
How might a nuclear crisis play out in today’s media environment? How would the crisis be tweeted? This brief provides a framework for questions about crisis stability in today’s information ecosystem and concludes with a series of open questions deserving further examination.

 


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12th Annual International Women Authors Series 12th Annual International Women Authors Series
Featuring Best-Selling Author Valeria Luiselli

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Radisson Quad City Plaza
111 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA
 
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