Interview with Jeffrey Smith and Zachary Fryer-Biggs, AOMD Episode 025 – Natasha Bajema

Interview with Jeffrey Smith and Zachary Fryer-Biggs, AOMD Episode 025

Welcome to the episode number 25 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast.

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  • I’m really excited about this episode about hypersonics and AI for a number of reasons.
    • First, I covered a piece in the NYT on hypersonics in my intro for episode 18. A few weeks ago, I got to interview the author of that piece.
    • Second, I’m currently writing a scholarly paper about the impact of artificial intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. The paper will represent the culmination of my thoughts for the past few years and present a framework for how data, automation, and machine learning tools will shape nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the future. A key piece of the future context for nuclear weapons and AI is the acceleration of war and shortening of decision-making timeframes. This interview dives into some of those issues.
    • Finally, I just got back from D.C. where I spent three days with a group of talented people as part of my N Square Fellowship where we’re exploring innovative ways to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons. I told a few of them about my big idea… And no one balked. Yesterday, I started a blog series on my next big project.
  • Let’s get to the interview.

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