Starting from the example of Guglielmo Marconi and his pioneering work, the seminar will analyze how emerging technologies affect the security landscape and consequently the world geo-politics. The world in which we live is highly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) and new technologies are radically changing societies and affecting the global power balance. From 5G to space, from Unmanned Systems to Artificial Intelligence, innovation is at the core of national and international strategies. But are the people behind these technologies (scientists, engineers, business persons, etc.) aware of and ready to handle the impact that any engineering choice is making to the world’s future?
Bio sketch: Claudio Palestini is working in the Emerging Security Challenges Division in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He deals with capability and technological development in a number of fields, including countering drones and other asymmetric threats. Before joining NATO, he has worked in European Union institutions, dealing with the satellite navigation programme Galileo and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) deployment. He holds a PhD in telecommunication engineering from University of Bologna (Italy).