Recent advances in artificial intelligence driven by growing computing powers, rising amount of generated data and improvement of machine learning algorithms have led to major breakthroughs recently. The speed of this technological growth is exponential and the proliferation of emerging technology (AI, synthetic biology, neurotechnology) is both horizontal (across states) and vertical (from state to non-state actors).

This raises alarming prospects about the potential malicious uses of this technology and calls for solutions to prevent them. Moreover, the concentration of key actors in emerging technologies in a few countries is leading to new geostrategic realities.

At this webinar, Dr. Jean-Mark Rickli will describe this development and discuss how these technological developments will produce new global security implications.

Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, researcher at NUPI with specialization on technology and warfare, will comment before we open up for questions.

Moderator is Karsten Friis, head of NUPI’s Research group on security and defence.

Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli is the Head of Global Risk and Resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a research fellow at King’s College London and a non-resident fellow in modern warfare and security at TRENDS Research and Advisory in Abu Dhabi. He is a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on autonomous weapons systems for the United Nations in the framework of the Governmental Group of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is also a member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium on Emerging Security Challenges Working Group.

We will use Microsoft Teams Live Event for this webinar. Please remember to register at the top of this page! Here is a short video explaining how to use the platform. The webinar lasts from 14.00 to 15.30.