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Technology convergence

Technology convergence
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According to the World Economic Forum, advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, the internet of things, 3D printing, nanotechnology and biotechnology are paving the way to a fourth industrial revolution. A distinct feature of these technologies is that they not only reinforce one another but they also converge or interact with older technologies.

The technology convergence research initiative aims to increase awareness and support greater understanding of the policy challenges, but also opportunities, that emerge from the interconnectivity between new and older areas of science and technology. The initiative examines how emerging technologies interact with one another and with older types of military technologies, the security challenges emerging from this growing entanglement and how existing technology governance frameworks and approaches may address these challenges.

Research staff

Dr Sibylle Bauer is Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament.
Dr Vincent Boulanin is a Senior Researcher on emerging military and security technologies.
Dr Lora Saalman is an Associate Senior Fellow within SIPRI’s Armament and Disarmament and Conflict, Peace and Security research areas.
Kolja Brockmann is a Researcher in the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.
Netta Goussac is an Associate Senior Researcher within SIPRI’s Armament and Disarmament research area.
Luke Richards is a Research Assistant working on emerging military and security technologies.
Laura Bruun is a Research Assistant working on emerging military and security technologies.