The ongoing race for technological superiority poses great challenges to the current international order. The introduction of disruptive technologies in military affairs will directly affect the balance of power, with the risk of making the international security environment more unpredictable and volatile. Yet, the international community seems unprepared to assess and manage the potential impact of future developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, hypersonic technologies and in cyber and electronic warfare, to name just a few. Who are the key leaders in this quest for tech superiority? What is the impact of disruptive technologies in military and security affairs? What role do states play in harvesting and protecting research in disruptive technologies?
These are some of the topics addressed during the second annual conference of the ISPI Cybersecurity Center promoted in cooperation with Leonardo . The conference was held at the Center for American Studies in Rome on December 5, on the occasion of the launching of the report “The Global Race for Technological Superiority. Discover the Security Implications”, published in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.