AI Meets World, Part One

After decades of seeming like another sci-fi catchphrase, artificial intelligence (AI) is having its moment. Some experts predict that AI will usher in an era of boundless productivity and techno-utopia; others see a new realm of great-power competition and the end of humanity. Nearly all agree that AI will change the world. But will it be for the better?

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Molly McAnany - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Sebastian Mallaby
    Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics
  • Janet Haven
    Executive Director, Data & Society, Member, National AI Advisory Committee to the White House

Show Notes

Over the next couple of years, artificial intelligence (AI) could change the nature of work, with an increasing number of jobs at risk of automation. Over the next decade, it could transform international security as militaries incorporate AI-powered weapons. And over the next century, it could drastically alter the way societies operate, and the role of people within them. 


These are just a few of the ways AI could change the world, and some reverberations from the AI boom are already being felt. Analysts see risks in both the present and the future, as well as the potential for global benefits. At stake is nothing less than the future of labor, national security, and people’s livelihoods across the globe.



From CFR


Catherine Powell and Alexandra Dent, Artificial Intelligence Enters the Political Arena,” Women Around the World


Merve Hickok and Marc Rotenberg, Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values: Next Steps for the United States,” Net Politics


From Our Guests


Janet Haven, “A New Executive Order Ties Equity in AI to a Broader Civil Rights Agenda,” Data & Society: Points


Janet Haven, “ChatGPT and the Future of Trust,” Nieman Lab


Sebastian Mallaby, The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future, Penguin Press


Read More


How to Worry Wisely About Artificial Intelligence,” The Economist


John R. Allen and Darrell M. West, “How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming the World,” Brookings Institution


Jacques Bughin, Michael Chui, Raoul Joshi, James Manyika, and Jeongmin Seong, “Notes From the AI Frontier: Modeling the Impact of AI on the World Economy,” McKinsey Global Institute


Statement on AI Risk,” Center for AI Safety


Watch and Listen


Artificial Intelligence and Great Power Competition, With Paul Scharre,” The President’s Inbox


Noah Berman and James Long, “How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the World,”



*Disclaimer: The views expressed by Janet Haven were made in her individual capacity and do not represent the views of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee or its subcommittees, the National Institute of Science and Technology, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of State, the Attorney General, the Office of National Intelligence, the Initiative Office, the President, or the Department of Commerce.

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