The Digital Battlefield: AI’s Influence on Modern Warfare

The Digital Battlefield: AI’s Influence on Modern Warfare

Virtual Briefing Series

Tuesday, December 18th, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) has started revolutionizing every facet of our lives, including warfare. AI-driven robots and drones, equipped with machine-learning algorithms, navigate complex terrains, conduct surveillance, and execute missions with unparalleled precision. This ability to process vast amounts of data in real-time and make split-second decisions provides a critical advantage in the fast-paced environment of modern warfare, revolutionizing the scope of military engagements and offering new possibilities for tactical offensives and national security defense. As a result, AI-driven military spending is projected to reach $38.8 billion by 2028. However, integrating AI into warfare also raises important ethical and legal questions. How is the global geopolitical landscape being reshaped by nations investing heavily in AI-driven military technologies? How reliable and trustworthy are AI-driven decisions in high-stakes military scenarios? How might AI change the nature of future military engagements and warfare tactics? Join us on Monday, December 18th from 12 PM to 1 PM ET for a virtual discussion with Dr. Heather Roff, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Naval Analysis, Dr. Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Wendell Wallach, Co-director of the AI and Equality Initiative at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

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Dr. Heather Roff

Dr. Heather Roff is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Naval Analysis and Associate Fellow at University of Cambridge Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.
Before that, Dr. Roff was a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. Her research interests include the law, policy, and ethics of emerging military technologies, such as autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, and more recently quantum, as well as international security and human rights protection. Her recent work focuses on generating normative principles for the use of AI for national defense, as well as particular epistemological issues with AI for defense related applications. She is author of “Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect” (Routledge 2013), as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Dr. Herbert Lin

Dr. Herbert Lin is senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University. His research interests relate broadly to policy-related dimensions of cybersecurity and cyberspace, and he is particularly interested in the use of offensive operations in cyberspace as instruments of national policy and in the security dimensions of information warfare and influence operations on national security. In addition to his positions at Stanford University, he is Chief Scientist, Emeritus for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he served from 1990 through 2014 as study director of major projects on public policy and information technology, and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity (not in residence) at the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies in the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. In 2016, he served on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Prior to his NRC service, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for the House Armed Services Committee (1986-1990), where his portfolio included defense policy and arms control issues. He received his doctorate in physics from MIT.

Wendell Wallach

Wendell Wallach is the Carnegie-Uehiro fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where he co-directs the Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI).
He is also Emeritus Chair of Technology and Ethics Studies at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, a scholar with the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology, and a senior advisor to The Hastings Center.
Previously, Wallach was founder and president of two computer consulting companies, Farpoint Solutions and Omnia Consulting Inc. He is the author of A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control and, along with Colin Allen, he is co-author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.

You can find him on Twitter, @WendellWallach.




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