Abishur Prakash

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Born (1991-09-21) September 21, 1991 (age 30)
New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
CitizenshipNew Zealand
EducationRyerson University
OccupationExpert on geopolitics and technology
Websiteabishurprakash.com

Abishur Prakash (born September 21, 1991) is a Canadian expert on geopolitics and technology.[1] He is a futurist at Center for Innovating the Future (CIF), a consulting firm located in Toronto, Canada.[2]

Early life and education

Prakash was born in New Zealand to parents from India. He had his childhood in Australia and grew up in Canada.[3]

Prakash has a B.A. in "Politics and Governance" from Ryerson University.[4]

Books

Prakash is the author of four books that explore the future of geopolitics and technologies like artificial intelligence.[5]

In 2016, he published his first book, Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs (Technology) Volume One. In it, "Prakash predicts that business fortunes and geopolitical affairs will be defined by technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology."[6] In 2017, Prakash wrote a sequel titled Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs (Technology) Volume Two, where he discusses technologies like transhumanism and virtual reality.

In 2018, Prakash published his third book, Go.AI (Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence). It was reviewed by the France-based think tank, Institut français des relations internationales|French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), alongside Kai Fu Lee’s “AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.”[7] In 2019, Prakash wrote an op-ed adapted from his book for Scientific American titled "The Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence."[8] In 2020, Prakash wrote another op-ed adapted from the book for Nikkei Asia titled "It is time for G-20 to give way to tech-driven AI-20."[9]

In 2020, Prakash published his fourth book, The Age of Killer Robots.[10]

Career

In 2010, Prakash co-founded Center for Innovating the Future (CIF), a consulting practice based in Toronto, Canada.[11] His work at CIF has been cited by the World Economic Forum[12], Brookings Institute[13], the Foreign Policy Research Institute[14] and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (United Arab Emirates).[15]

In 2017, Prakash represented CIF in a public testimony to the Senate of Canada.[16]

During the 2020 United States presidential election, Prakash proposed that technology would be the biggest factor for US-China relations going forward.[17] In January 2021, CIF released an annual list where Prakash referred to 2020 as the transition year from "geopolitics governed by oil to one governed by technology.”[18]

Bibliography

  • Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs (Technology) Volume One (2016) ISBN 978-0-9958339-1-3
  • Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs (Technology) Volume Two (2017) ISBN 978-0-9958339-2-0
  • Go.AI (Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence) (2018) ISBN 978-0-9958339-4-4
  • The Age of Killer Robots (2020) ISBN 978-0-9958339-6-8

References

  1. Yvette, Killian. "Technology is the new battleground of geopolitical order as China and US face-off over TikTok: Expert". Yahoo Finance.
  2. Diwakar, Amar. "Geopolitics of Tech: Futurist shares top ten risks for 2021". TRT World.
  3. Nagy Böszörményi, Gergely. "Artificial intellect draws maps of the future". Mandiner.
  4. "Ryerson University Spring Convocation" (PDF). Ryerson University.
  5. Sherman, Natalie (12 November 2019). "Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?". BBC News.
  6. "Geopolitical Expert, Author Abishur Prakash Looks to the Future of Robotics". Robotics Business Review. 16 August 2017.
  7. Nocetti, Julien (13 June 2019). "Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence". IFRI.
  8. Prakash, Abishur. "The Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence". Scientific American.
  9. Prakash, Abishur. "It is time for G-20 to give way to tech-driven AI-20". Nikkei Asia.
  10. "Geopolitics of the future: AI autonomous fighting robots could spark a news arms race". Genetic Literacy Project. 21 July 2020.
  11. Pham, Sherisse. "Chinese tech companies bet big on India. Now they're being shut out". CNN.
  12. Eggers, William. "Global Technology Governance Report 2021: Harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies in a C OV I D -19 World" (PDF). World Economic Forum.
  13. Roff, Heather. "Uncomfortable Ground Truths: Predictive Analytics and National Security" (PDF). Brookings Institute.
  14. Toews, Ann. "Think Global, Fund Local". FPRI.
  15. Bjola, Corneliu. "Diplomacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" (PDF). Emirates Diplomatic Academy.
  16. "In Committee from the Senate of Canada Social Affairs, Science and Technology – February 2, 2017". CPAC.
  17. Kharpal, Arjun (20 October 2020). "U.S.-China tensions could split the internet — and data will play a key role in how far that goes". CNBC.
  18. Warner, Kelsey. "The risk is on: 7 ways technology will impact geopolitics in 2021". The National.

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