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Matthias Peschke

Matthias Peschke recently graduated with an Msc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and moved to Brussels to start a career as a political analyst. With professional experience in the commercial and service sector as well as two completed internships in South America, his academic interests evolve around foreign policy, backsliding democracies and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Matthias is a native German speaker with fluency in English and Spanish and advanced knowledge of Dutch.

The potential effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on international relations cannot be understated as the global race for AI has considerably picked up the pace in recent years. Exponential growth of processing power and data collection is at the centre of an innovation process that will disrupt every aspect of our lives.[1] Just as other international actors, the EU increasingly acknowledges the urgency of this matter by promoting a common AI strategy and incentivising member states to strengthen their efforts as well.

At the initiative of the Finnish EU Council Presidency as well as Vice President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, the Global Tech Panel recently came together with EU defence ministers to discuss the potential opportunities and challenges of this ground-breaking technology. With a focus on the potential harm of lethal autonomous weapons systems and the consequences for human rights and dignity, the EU, as the champion of liberal values, indicates its desire to develop ethical standards for AI in order to guarantee its safe appliance.


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[1] Schwab, Klaus (2016): The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Geneva: World Economic Forum.


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