In this film Henrik Carlsen, Co-Director of Mistra Geopolitics at SEI, Lena Sellgren at Business Sweden and Fredrik Heintz at Linköping University – experts within the Mistra Geopolitics programme – discuss the geopolitics of emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and the importance of foresight.
Economic, social and political transformations
Current technological advances are expected to bring economic, social and political transformations of an unprecedented scale. Advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, communication technologies, robotics, biotechnology and material science are set to change our future.
“Complexities are constantly increasing, and within Mistra Geopolitics we are combining emerging technologies with the sustainable development agenda. When combining two such broad topics, it is obvious how important foresight capabilities of new innovations and policy decisions become.”
— Henrik Carlsen, Co-Director of Mistra Geopolitics and SEI Senior Research Fellow.
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“Artificial intelligence has the potential to work as a political shifter for countries to really leapfrog development and taking significant jumps in technology – and go directly to the solutions for the sustainability challenges we are facing. ”
— Fredrik Heintz, Professor of Computer Science, Linköping University
“We see a lot going on regarding the green transition in Sweden, with the new industrialization expanding in the north of Sweden. Companies are taking advantage of the new technologies and the resources we have.”
— Lena Sellgren, Chief Economist, Business Sweden
Foresight capabilities and emerging technologies
Foresight capabilities and emerging technologies is one of the prioritized research themes in the Mistra Geopolitics programme. One strand of research helps international organizations and states make sense of and use the potential of these technologies to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Mistra Geopolitics experts
- Henrik Carlsen, Co-Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Senior Research Fellow, SEI
- Lena Sellgren, Chief Economist, Business Sweden
- Fredrik Heintz, Professor of Computer Science, Linköping University
Henrik Carlsen is a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics. Currently Dr. Henrik Carlsen is leading the Mistra Geopolitics research theme Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies. He is an expert on decision making under uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation. His research interests are based on the intersection between science and policy on long-term challenges to society.
Ylva Rylander is a Communications Officer at SEI. As a core member of SEI’s communications team and previous Press Officer of SEI, Ylva writes and edits press releases, develops communication plans and creates news stories. With 15 years of experience in public relations, awareness raising and external communication, she also provides strategic advice to SEI and Mistra Geopolitics researchers to help them maximize the impact of their research.
Telephone:+4673 150 33 84
Professor Fredrik Heintz
Fredrik Heintz is a Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, where he leads the Reasoning and Learning lab. His research focus is artificial intelligence, especially Trustworthy AI and the intersection between machine reasoning and machine learning. His research within Mistra Geopolitics contribute to the theme Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies.
Fredrik is a Director of the Wallenberg AI and Transformative Technologies Education Development Program (WASP-ED), Director of the Graduate School of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). He is a President of the Swedish AI Society and Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Maria Cole is a Senior Communications Officer at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) based in Stockholm.
Telephone:+46 70 224 20 22
About the film
This film was produced by the Mistra Geopolitics research programme, led by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and funded by Mistra, the Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research.
Interviews and script by Ylva Rylander and Maria Cole at SEI and Mistra Geopolitics. Voice-over by Andrea Lindblom at SEI. Film production by Johan Söderlund.