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CS 18SI: Geopolitical Ramifications of Technological Advances

William Janeway describes the relationship between technological development, capital markets, and the government as a three-player game. Scientists and entrepreneurs develop breakthrough innovations, aided and amplified by financial capital. Meanwhile, the government serves to either subsidize (as in wartime) or stymie (through regulations) technological development. Often, the advances in economic and military might due to technological advances lead to conflicts between competing countries, whether Japan and the U.S. in the 1970s or China and the U.S. today. Within societies, technological innovation drives outcomes like increased life expectancy, wealth inequality, and in rare cases changes to paradigms of daily life. In this discussion-driven course, we will explore the ripple effects that technological developments have had and will continue to have on the geopolitical world stage, focusing on trends we as computer scientists are uniquely positioned to understand and predict the ramifications of. Prerequisites: The following are not required but will facilitate understanding of the topics covered: computer systems (CS 110+), artificial intelligence (CS 221, CS 231N, CS 229, or CS 230), and theory (CS 161, cryptography).
Terms: Spr | Units: 2
Instructors: ; Sahami, M. (PI)
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