United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently said of artificial intelligence: "I'm certainly questioning my original premise that the fundamental nature of war will not change. You've got to question that now. I just don’t have the answers yet." Vladimir Putin stated: "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." 

Robotics and artificial intelligence are already being employed in conflict. However, artificial intelligence manages to sit at the peak of 'inflated expectations' on Gartner's technology hype curve whilst simultaneously being underestimated in other assessments. So how can we assess something that seems to be simultaneously better and worse than we expect?  What are the likely effects on conflict of the trends in artificial intelligence, robotics, economics, data and society? And what do people commonly get wrong - often with total certainty?  How do we maximise the advantages of humans and machines in a military context?

About the event

Lieutenant Colonel Al Brown will lead this event. Al has just finished working at the Ministry of Defence’s independent think tank examining trends in robotics and artificial intelligence, and the potential impacts that follow for the future of conflict.  He has provided testimony on technology trends, including AI and robotics, and their defence and security implications to a number of organisations, including at the United Nations.  He is by military trade an explosive ordinance disposal officer; a field where robotics, data and algorithms have already been saving lives in conflict for a number of years.  His military career has included multiple operational tours of Afghanistan and Kosovo. 

Please note that this event is for a technical/professional audience and places are limited. We are seeking delegates from a range of backgrounds working in the defence and security sector either in academia or industry, with an affiliation to an academic institution, government organisation or sector relevant company.

Organisers

Location

The Alan Turing Institute

1st floor of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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