Artificial intelligence, Robotics and Conflict
Secretary of Defence 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 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?

Al Brown works at the Ministry of Defence’s independent think tank where he leads on 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 the United Nations. His military career has included multiple operational tours of Afghanistan and Kosovo. 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.

A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome.
Date: 24 April 2018, 13:00 (Tuesday, 1st week, Trinity 2018)
Venue: Manor Road Building, Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Venue Details: Seminar Room G, Department of Politics and International Relations
Speaker: Al Brown (US Ministry of Defence)
Organising department: Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)
Organiser: The Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War
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Host: Dr Rob Johnson (Pembroke College, Oxford)
Part of: Changing Character of War Lunchtime Seminars
Topics: Artificial intelligence, War, Robotics
Booking required?: Not required
Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Elizabeth Robson