Geopolitics in the age of AI

by Andrea Colli, full professor at Department of social and political sciences

The enormous potential in terms of applications in almost all the possible areas of the human activity is making AI one of the new “general-purpose technologies”, and one of the industries which both private actors and, even more, governments, consider as a strategic priority.


AI is indeed a perfect example of the so called “dual-use technology”, that is of a multi-purpose technology which, once developed, can be used both for civilian and military (included security) purposes. As the current conflict opposing Russia to Ukraine is showing, AI is deeply changing both the strategies and the tactics of modern warfare. AI provides a ready-to-use massive amount of information which allow the troops on the ground to target more easily the enemy – a sort of “Uber for the artillery”, as one official effectively put it.


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