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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Rapid technical advancements and the convergence of neural hacking and generative AI technologies will likely be adapted to provide adversaries with new and novel vectors for the delivery of mis/disinformation.
Cognitive warfare encompasses activities conducted in synchronization with other instruments of power, to affect attitudes and behaviors by influencing, protecting and/or disrupting individual group cognitions to gain an advantage.1 The use of weaponized synthetic media (media produced by Generative AI) in cognitive warfare has been widely observed on Western social media platforms; including propaganda about the U.S election in 2016 and recently in the Russian Ukraine conflict.2
A Brain Computer Interface (BCI) is “a direct communication pathway between the brains electrical activity and an external device, most commonly a computer or robotic limb” 3 with applications in medical and military domains. Neural hacking refers to identifying and exploiting a weakness in a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) to monitor or manipulate communications for malicious purposes. The US Department of Defense and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have invested research into BCI’s. This includes assessing the current and potential Brain Computer Interface (BCI) applications for the military 4 and to develop complex skill learning 5.
While we know that research into these new technologies is being explored outside of the medical field, a better understanding of potential risks and implications is required. Understanding the risk posed by these new technologies is critical to developing defensive tools to protect Australia’s national interests. This research project is intended to focus on technology development over the next several years in order to inform and mitigate risks posed by this fast-developing technology.
Research proposals could approach this from a variety of disciplines, or as a cross-disciplinary effort. The problem touches on aspects of psychology, data science, engineering, neuroscience, human-centered computing, systems, and design thinking. Proposals could consider:
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
There have been rapid technological advancements in the applications of these technologies in recent years. The rapidity of developing technologies, and discussions of potential use in conflict situations, indicate that this technology may develop beyond the confines of the medical or other fields. As technologies continue to evolve, it is imperative that the NIC understand the role of new technologies and the implications to inform defensive mitigations. Synthetic media has been identified as a concerning threat to national security as it has been used to undermine the institutional trust and erodes confidence in democratic values.
Key Words: Mis/disinformation information, Cognitive Warfare, Cognitive Domain, Information environment, Neural hacking, Neural networks, Bi-directional Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum.