Today’s new technologies are developing at a dizzying pace, and we all have a role to play in developing and deploying them responsibly and ethically. This was the message Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană gave during the launch of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation’s 2023-2043 Trends Report in Brussels on Wednesday (22 March 2023).
Mr Geoană emphasised new technologies are not just changing the way we live and work. Referring to Russia’s war in Ukraine, he highlighted that new technologies are also transforming the way wars are fought and won. He stressed NATO’s continued efforts to maintain and sharpen its technological edge through developing and adopting new technologies, while preserving value-led principles of responsible and ethical use in its approach. He also previewed the report, highlighting the addition of energy and propulsion, and electronics and electromagnetics to the list of disruptive technologies analysed. In addition, he lauded NATO’s unique network of over 5,000 scientists and engineers, underscoring that “this report would not be possible without your expertise and insights.”
The NATO Science and Technology Organisation’s 2023-2043 Trends Report updates and extends the previously published Science & Technology Trends: 2020-2040, reflecting the considerable geopolitical, technical and scientific developments that have occurred over the last few years.