The Top Ten Strategic Security Risks Facing Humanity

Emerging technologies: quantum physics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, gene editing, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, 3D printing, and more are dual in nature. While they bring the promise of fundamentally transforming the contested commons of the human ecosystem, these same disruptive technologies can enable the development of asymmetric, next-generation weapons and warfare for which no one is yet prepared.

As the dual-use nature of these emerging technologies begins to re-write the rules of competition, cooperation, and collaboration, complex challenges are emerging for governing the contested commons of cyberspace, aquaspace, geospace, and space (CAGS). This is a cause of great concern for human survival and security—and necessitates an understanding of strategic security risks facing humanity.

As we stand on the periphery of a technological tsunami in the contested commons of CAGS, the scale, scope, and complexity of the risks and rewards will be nothing like anything any of us has ever experienced before in any of the prior technological revolutions. The emerging strategic security risks have no historical precedent and are fundamentally disrupting the very nature of security and the future of humanity.

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