Abishur Prakash was born in New Zealand to Indian parents, grew up in Australia and raised in Canada. He is one of the world's most respected geo-visionaries, able to identify what's next in geopolitics, with a focus on issues ranging from technology to globalisation.
His book outlines twelve ground-breaking scenarios for how artificial intelligence could take geopolitics in a new direction. The author explains that in July 2018, one of the most important developments since the Second World War took place: China revealed that it is developing artificial intelligence (AI) to shape its foreign policy. According to Prakash, if the world wants to understand what China is going to do, it must first understand how Chinese AI thinks. The author points out that countries around the world are using AI effectively, from Russia to Japan to the UAE. Increasingly, the potential for AI to change the way the world works is coming to the fore. As AI enters the picture, the balance of power in the world could change. With this in mind, it can be argued that AI can trigger alliances, but it can also lead to serious conflicts.
The book has received positive reviews from readers who praised its originality, insight and predictions. Some critics, however, pointed out that the book should have been more balanced and nuanced, with more evidence to support the arguments and assumptions.
Meszár Tárik - The author is a researcher at the Eurasia Center
Publisher: Abishur Prakash
Publication date: 2018