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The Palgrave Handbook of Malicious Use of AI and Psychological Security

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  • Brings together international experts to provide a comprehensive and global perspective on the topic
  • Explores the methods of the malicious use of AI on the human psyche, and through this on social and political processes
  • Examines regional and national implications of the malicious use of AI for psychological security

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This handbook focuses on new threats to psychological security that are posed by the malicious use of AI and how it can be used to counteract such threats. Studies on the malicious use of AI through deepfakes, agenda setting, sentiment analysis and affective computing and so forth, provide a visual representation of the various forms and methods of malicious influence on the human psyche, and through this on the political, economic, cultural processes, the activities of state and non-state institutions. Separate chapters examine the malicious use of AI in geopolitical confrontation, political campaigns, strategic deception, damage to corporate reputation, and activities of extremist and terrorist organizations. This is a unique volume that brings together a multidisciplinary range of established scholars and upcoming new researchers from 11 countries. This handbook is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and professionals interested in this new and developing field of social practice and knowledge.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Regional and National Implications of the Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence and Psychological Security


“This book makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) and its capacity to be used in malicious ways. This negative side of AI needs to be brought out of the shadows so that it can be properly addressed and reforms proposed to reduce the risks associated with the new technology. Without a broader understanding of the malicious use of AI by state and non-state actors, there is no hope of achieving any consensus on the next steps required. This book achieves its aims admirably and is one of the few to confront the topic in an objective and scientific manner.” (Victor Bulmer-Thomas Institute of the Americas, University College London, UK) 

“This book provides a powerful account of modern and potential future threats to psychological security posed by both state and non-state actors through MUAI. This book is a rigorous review of an advantage in psychological warfare. This subject has historically been studied far less extensively than thepositive applications of AI. An interesting book with many great discussions.” (Don Donghee Shin, Professor and Program Coordinator, Zayed University & Swansea University, UK) 

“This important book  is a forward looking and practical examination of the negative risks and realities of artificial intelligence. It is comprehensive and practical, illustrating the present and future dangers of MUAI for nations, companies and individuals with its compelling exploration of psychological security and influence.” (Dr. Michael R. Finch, Chair of Communication, Media & Culture at Bryan College, USA; Affiliate Researcher for LCC International University, LT, Executive Director for the Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers) 

“AI is a paradox: its potential benefits are extraordinary; so too are the dystopian consequences of its misuse, among them the psychological destabilization and manipulation of whole populations. In this collection marshalled bya leading scholar of strategic communication, Professor Evgeny Pashentsev, and based on analyses by 23 experts in 11 countries, the nature of the evolving crisis and the urgent need to resolve it are clearly and cogently laid out in a way that facilitates understanding and the imperatives which must follow.” (Michael McKinley, Emeritus Faculty, The Australian National University)

“Organized in a systemic way, the book illustrates in an organic, comprehensive and in-depth way the many aspects of the malicious use of AI: from the methodological approach to the analysis of the implications of this problem on the main areas of civil, political, institutional coexistence as well as on regional and national areas in which the world order is currently organized. The analysis is completed by a valid projection on possible future prospects: a further element of great added value and support offered to the reader by this handbook.”  (Marco Ricceri, The Secretary General, Eurispes Institute, Rome-Italy)

“An extremely timely book on a significant and rapidly growing problem in international relations and international security. The book provides new facts and new assessments of existing and growing threats related to the weaponization of artificial intelligence. This volume is a remarkable source of materials for undergraduate and graduate classes in the fields of security and international relations in general. An outstanding and very informative handbook for a wide range of professionals.” (Eric Shiraev, Ph.D., George Mason University, CARP-Character Assassination and Reputation Management Research Lab) 

“This handbook is a remarkable work that goes well beyond the current state of the art on the current and future methods, uses and consequences of the malicious use of artificial intelligence globally and across different geographical, technological, social, political, psychological and informational environments. An impressive number of authors from around the world are represented, which is fitting as MUAI is a global problem that requires global solutions to tackle it. An extremely valuable book packed with critical knowledge for students, researchers and practitioners alike.” (Associate Professor Greg Simons, Uppsala University in Sweden and Turiba University in Latvia)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

    Evgeny Pashentsev

About the editor

Evgeny Pashentsev is Professor and Leading Researcher at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Russia. He is a coordinator of the International Research MUAI Group, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Comunicar, Spain, and the editorial board of the Journal of Political Marketing, USA.

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