While technological competition is becoming a branch of geopolitics, technology can also help states address common challenges.
Dr Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation
Terah Lyons, Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI
Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
De Kai, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Chair: Christine Foster, Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute
The pace of technological change has to date outstripped the capacity of international society to agree common rules for its management and governance.
Part of the challenge lies in its inherently double-edged effects. While technological competition is becoming a branch of geopolitics, technology can also help states address common challenges.
Technology is opening new domains of warfare, but also enhances resilience to natural disasters and cross-border threats. It can threaten democratic processes but also provide the means for transparency and greater accountability.
What does tech governance in a multipolar world look like? How can a regulatory balance be achieved that enables creative aspects of technology to flourish while mitigating the potential for disorder? What are the emerging technologies that demand early regulatory action? What responsibilities should private actors in the tech sector have when they operate across different jurisdictions?