IR in the Age of AI Podcast

A podcast (OnAiR) at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and International Relations (IR) theory, law, practice. Hosted by Medlir Mema, Chris Lamont, and Young Diogenes, in collaboration with the Global Governance Institute.

Latest Episodes
S7E8: Misinformation and Disinformation in the age of AI with Lukas Andriukaitis
Medlir asks Lukas Andriukaitis, Board member of Lithuania-based Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI), what it means to work and live at the frontier of the new misinformation / disinformation space. They discuss the current atmosphere in the region and beyond, in terms of threat of misinformation/disinformation. They consider both the benefits and the drawbacks of AI-enabled technologies as billions across the world prepare to cast their votes in 2024.
S7E7: The EU AI Act with Luca Bertuzzi
Luca Bertuzzi joins Medlir for a discussion on the EU AI Act passed by the European Parliament on March 13th. Among other things, they discuss the likely impact of the law on innovation and governance within the EU and abroad, as well as criticisms that the act fails to address concerns regarding human rights and civil liberties.
S7E6: The Politics and Governance of Big Data and AI with Andrej Zwitter and Oskar Gstrein
Andrej Zwitter and Oskar Gstrein share with Chris what they will be keeping an eye out for in the AI regulatory space in 2024. They also discuss their latest work on the politics and governance of big data and artificial intelligence and their newly published Handbook on the Governance Politics and Governance of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. In this discussion Andrej and Oskar explore the EU AI Act and challenges that datafication and algorithmic logics pose for governance, privacy, and human agency, and ponder the question: what does it mean to stay human in the age of AI?
S7E5: AI and Military Technologies with Raluca Csernatoni and Marijn Hoijtink
Medlir sits down with Dr. Raluca Csernatoni and Dr. Marijn Hoijtink to discuss the escalating ‘innovation race’ among corporate giants. They discuss AI’s contribution to the rise in power of the private tech sector vs. the state, as well as the ‘existential threat’ and ‘superintelligence’ narratives around foundational AI models and how these shape specific socio-technical imaginaries of the future. They also dive into AI’s impact on geopolitical and military power, including Sino-American competition, and the rise of AI ‘nationalism’ or ‘sovereignty’.
S7E4: AI and Wargaming with Baptiste Alloui-Cros
Medlir is joined by Baptiste Alloui-Cros, founder of the Strand Simulations Group and a war game designer, to discuss how AI is likely to impact how we think, strategise, and prepare for war.
S7E3: The Birth of Digital Human Rights with Rebekah Dowd
This week Medlir and our guest Rebekah Dowd, an academic, scholar, and author of The Birth of Digital Human Rights: Digitized Data Governance as a Human Rights Issue in the EU, explore how and why the EU became a leader in the realm of digital human rights.
S7E2: AI, Digital Humanities and Virtual Memory Spaces with Arnaud Kurze
In this episode Chris talks to Arnaud Kurze of Montclair State University, currently a Digital Studies Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Arnaud has carried out groundbreaking research in digital humanities, memory studies, and transitional justice and offers his insights into AI and virtual memory spaces, accountability.
S7E1: Introducing AI Global Governance with Joachim Koops
Medlir and Chris speak with Dr. Joachim Koops of the Global Governance Institute and Leiden University to discuss the launch of the AI Global Governance program. They further discuss the challenges associated with the question of governance more broadly.