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    Student Helps Develop Method to Detect Subversive Social Media Campaigns

    Mar 16, 2020

    The U.S. has a capability gap in detecting malign or subversive information campaigns in time to respond before they influence large audiences. Krystyna Marcinek (cohort '17) helped develop a novel method to detect these efforts.

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    Thinking Machines Will Change Future Warfare

    Jan 27, 2020

    Until now, deterrence has been about humans trying to dissuade other humans from doing something. But what if the thinking is done by AI and autonomous systems? A wargame explored what happens to deterrence when decisions can be made at machine speeds and when states can put fewer human lives at risk.

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    How Well Is DoD Positioned for AI?

    Dec 17, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Defense has articulated an ambitious vision and strategy for artificial intelligence. But if it wants to get the maximum benefit from AI-enhanced systems, then it will need to improve its posture along multiple dimensions.

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    The Emerging Risk of Virtual Societal Warfare

    Oct 9, 2019

    Living in an information society opens unprecedented opportunities for hostile rivals to cause disruption, delay, inefficiency, and harm. Social manipulation techniques are evolving beyond disinformation and cyberattacks on infrastructure sites. How can democracies protect themselves?

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    Addressing the Challenges of Algorithmic Equity

    Jul 11, 2019

    Social institutions increasingly use algorithms for decisionmaking purposes. How do different perspectives on equity or fairness inform the use of algorithms in the context of auto insurance pricing, job recruitment, and criminal justice?

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    A World-Building Workshop on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Jun 21, 2019

    How might artificial intelligence (AI) be used to shape a new world? A workshop engaged a group of innovative thinkers in an approach called large-scale speculative design to sketch desirable, AI-enabled future worlds.

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    Artificial Intelligence Applications to Support Teachers

    Jan 23, 2019

    Artificial intelligence could support teachers rather than replace them. But before the promise of AI in the classroom can be realized, risks and technical challenges must be addressed.

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    Using Video Analytics and Sensor Fusion in Law Enforcement

    Dec 28, 2018

    Results of a workshop examining the issues associated with use of video technology in law enforcement, including business cases for use, key innovation needs, and privacy and civil rights protections.

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    How Might Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War?

    Apr 24, 2018

    Experts agree that AI has significant potential to upset the foundations of nuclear security. But there are also ways that machines could help ease distrust among international powers and decrease the risk of nuclear war.

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    The Risks of AI to Security and the Future of Work

    Dec 6, 2017

    As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in the domains of security and employment, what are the policy implications? What effects might AI have on cybersecurity, criminal and civil justice, and labor market patterns?

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    The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence

    Apr 6, 2017

    Machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) influence many aspects of life today. These agents are not exempt from errors or bias because they are designed, built, and taught by humans. While AI has great promise, using it introduces a new level of risk and complexity in policy.

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    Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Aug 25, 2016

    Researchers from RAND and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used high-performance computer simulations to stress-test several water management strategies over many plausible future scenarios in near real time.

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    Examining ISIS Support and Opposition on Twitter

    Aug 16, 2016

    ISIS uses Twitter to inspire followers, recruit fighters, and spread its message. Its opponents use Twitter to denounce the group. To identify and characterize in detail both networks on Twitter, researchers use a mixed-methods analytic approach that draws on community detection algorithms to help detect interactive communities of Twitter users, lexical analysis that can identify key themes and content for large data sets, and social network analysis.