The military is looking to the storytellers of Hollywood, video games and fiction for clues about the future of war, security and geopolitics, according to futurist and best-selling author P.W. Singer who presented the Luncheon Keynote at the 6th Annual Content Protection Summit at the Marina Del Rey Marriott on Wednesday, December 2.
Singer’s Keynote, entitled “Next War – The Science Fiction and Reality of Future Tech and Geopolitics,” addressed how “the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies that seem like they are right out of the entertainment world — in part because they are.” His address delved into the impact of robots, artificial intelligence, cyberwar, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and the risks of World War III. He also connects the dots to Star Wars and posits that the Empire would have been saved if the practiced basic content protection and security protocol.
Recently described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” Singer is a consultant for groups that range from the US military to Hollywood whose recent novel Ghost Fleet (ghostfleetbook.com) blends the style of a techno thriller with nonfiction style research, leading to a learning experience that is “a wild book, a real page turner” (The Economist) and “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy” (USA Today). Since its publication last June, Singer has been invited to brief lessons from the book to groups that range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Congress and CEO summits.