Human Augmentation and Nuclear Risk: The Value of a Few Seconds

Marina Favaro, Dr Elke Schwarz

In her latest piece for Arms Control Association IFSH Visiting Research Fellow Marina Favaro, together with Dr. Elke Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London), discusses the possible future impact of human augmentation on nuclear stability and risk. A brain-interface technology could shorten the human decision-making process in case a nuclear strike decision has to be made. They analyze three potential scenarios, which impact the advisory and decision chain, the executive chain and the predecision phase. All options come with a myriad of ethical, legal, political, and other concerns which need to be addressed.

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