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Fall 2016 GRASP Seminar: Michael Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania, “The Implications of Advances in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Global Politics: A Social Science Perspective”

November 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


From the World Economic Forum to Stephen Hawking, scholars and policymakers around the world are paying increasing attention to how technological advances in robotics and artificial intelligence could shape global politics, including international economics, diplomacy, and conflict. This talk will present an overview of a research agenda focused on using social science tools to study the effects of emerging technologies. The talk will cover an array of existing empirical and theoretical social science research, including on drivers of the proliferation of UAVs, public opinion concerning applications of artificial intelligence, and the potential for global governance of emerging technologies.


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Michael C. Horowitz is an associate professor of political science and the associate director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of Why Leaders Fight, and previously authored the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. His research interests include military innovation, diplomacy, the role of leaders in international politics, and forecasting. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals, as well as more popular outlets such as the New York Times and Politico. Professor Horowitz previously worked for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense and continues to consult for the US government. He is affiliated with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held fellowships at the Weatherhead Center, Olin Institute, and Belfer Center at Harvard, where he received his PhD in Government. Professor Horowitz received his BA in political science from Emory University.


November 4, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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