I Warbot – book launch with Dr Kenneth Payne (exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on warfare)
Dr Kenneth Payne launches his exciting new book exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on warfare
Chair: Dr Keith Dear, Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation at Fujitsu Defence and Security
Speaker: Dr Kenneth Payne, Reader in International Relations at King’s College London
Join us for the launch of I, Warbot, Kenneth Payne’s exciting new book exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on warfare. With artificial intelligence prominent in the recent UK Integrated Review, the timing couldn’t be better. Ken argues that AI will have an outsize influence on the character of war, both in battle and as an aid to strategy. He explores the geopolitical implications of militarised AI, its impact on armed forces, and the prospects for rules that might govern the employment of sophisticated autonomous weapons.
Artificial Intelligence is going to war. Intelligent military systems are already reshaping conflict―from the chaos of battle, with pilotless drones and robot tanks, to the headquarters far from the action, where generals and politicians use technology to weigh up what to do. AI changes how we fight, and even how likely it is that we will. Warbots will be faster, more agile and more deadly than today’s crewed weapons. New tactics are already emerging, but much deeper thinking is needed. When will an intelligent machine escalate, and how might you deter it? Can robots predict the future? And what happens to the ‘art of war’ as machines become creative? An international campaign against ‘killer robots’ hopes to ban AI from conflict. But the genie is out―autonomous weapons are too useful for states to outlaw. Still, crafting sensible rules for our warbots is possible. This fascinating book shows how it might be done. – Hurst Publishers
Dr Kenneth Payne is a Reader in International Relations at King’s College London. A former BBC journalist, he is the author of three previous books on strategy.
Dr Keith Dear is Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation at Fujitsu Defence and Security. A former Intelligence Officer in the RAF, Keith served as an Expert Advisor to the Prime Minister on Defence Modernisation & the Integrated Review, also advising on national strategies on emerging technology.