Speed and Security: Promises, Perils, and Paradoxes of Accelerating Everything

A literature review and three workshops form the basis for this report's discussion of acceleration in technology, socio-cultural change, and security implications. The report starts with a look at technological adoptions, 1860-2020, from electricity and television to the Internet and smartphones. Workshops were held in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Participants were asked to imagine themselves in four scenarios from the year 2040. Scenario 1 included cognitive implants; Scenario 2 included autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, and a sharing economy; Scenario 3 included hyperloop technology; and Scenario 4 included gene-editing. The literature scan focused on potential disruptive technologies and social, economic, political, and cultural reactions. The report concludes with four points to consider when planning policy for the future: (1) planners should look at solving problems not just creating more speed; (2) the speed of technological development can create security concerns at an unprecedented rate; (3) a consensus among policymakers developed through agile system thinking is needed to establish safe technology boundaries; and (4) the notion of speed needs to be embedded in planning and democracies need to adapt to speed rather than slow down especially in periods of disagreement.

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    RAND Corporation

    Santa Monica, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Bouskill, Kathryn E
    • Chonde, Seifu
    • Welser IV, William
  • Publication Date: 2018


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25p

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  • Accession Number: 01692164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PE-274-RC
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 8 2018 4:29PM