The Future of X: Peter Singer on Weapons

The director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings describes technologies that will change the nature of conflict around the world.

"How do you weaponize a 3-D printer?" Singer asked during a panel on the technology of war at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The ability to produce custom parts is a game-changer for scientists and hobbyists alike, but gangs, for example, have used these tools too, he explains in this short interview. Innovations in robotics and cyber warfare will also play an increasing role in conflicts around the world. Singer is the director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings and the author of Wired for War. This video is part of a series on the Atlantic Video channel, The Future of X, looking at what's on the horizon for culture, technology, business, and politics.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

Never Tell a Person How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell a Person How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Video

Just In