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Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit

Nov 1, 2017
9:30am to 4:00pm


Washington, DC

The Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit brought together technology leaders and top policymakers to explore the state of artificial intelligence and discuss the implications of the AI revolution on global security. 

Past industrial revolutions led to changes in the balance of power between nations and even the fundamental building blocks of power, with coal- and steel-producing nations benefitting and oil becoming a global strategic resource. The AI revolution has similar transformative potential to alter power dynamics, the character of conflict, and strategic stability among nations and private actors. The United States must anticipate these changes and capitalize on opportunities to stay ahead of competitors.   

CNAS hosted an all-day summit to explore technology trends, uncertainties, and possible trajectories for how AI may affect global security. Presentations and discussion panels featured experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine teaming, and security policy. Find each presentation and discussion below.

Opening Remarks

CNAS President Richard Fontaine and CNAS Technology and National Security Program Director Paul Scharre open up the AI and Global Security Summit.

Dr. Andrew Moore Opening Keynote

Dr. Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, provides the opening remarks.

Eric Schmidt Keynote Address

Alphabet, Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discusses the future of AI in the context of national security. Transcript of the discussion available here.

AI Safety and Cybersecurity

Dr. Dario Amodei, a research scientist at OpenAI, discusses the future of AI Safety and Cybersecurity.

Dr. Kathleen Fisher, Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and Tufts University, discusses the future of cybersecurity.

AI Safety and Cybersecurity Panel

Featuring Dr. Dario Amodei of OpenAI, Dr. Kathleen Fisher of Tufts University, Dr. Joanna Bryson of the University of Bath, Amir Husain of SparkCognition, Inc., and moderated by Tom Simonite of WIRED.

Humans + Machines

Dr. Jeff Clune, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming, discusses the evolving relationship between humans and AI systems.

Kimberley Jackson Ryan, Senior Human Systems Engineer at Draper Laboratory, discusses the evolving relationship between humans and AI systems.

Humans + Machines Panel

Featuring Dr. Jeff Clune of the University of Wyoming, Kimberly Jackson Ryan of Draper Laboratory, Dr. John Hawley of the Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Caitlin Surakitbanharn of Purdue University, and moderated by Dan Lamothe of The Washington Post.

Interactive Sessions

Interactive Session with Amir Husain, Founder and CEO of SparkCognition, Inc.

Interactive Session with Dr. Kathleen Fisher, Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Tufts University.

Interactive Session with Dr. Jeff Clune, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Wyoming.

AI Policy

Dr. Rebecca Crootof, Research Scholar and Information Security Project Executive Director at Yale Law School, discusses the future of AI policy.

Jack Clark, Director of Strategy and Communications at OpenAI, discusses the future of AI policy.

AI Policy Panel

Featuring Dr. Rebecca Crootof of Yale Law School, Jack Clark of OpenAI, Dr. Lynne Parker of the University of Tennessee, Kerstin Vignard of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, and moderated by Phil Stewart of Reuters.

Dr. Mary Cummings Closing Keynote

Dr. Mary Cummings, Director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and former Navy fighter pilot delivers the closing keynote.


Keynote Speaker

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Eric Schmidt 

Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.
Chair, Defense Innovation Advisory Board

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Dario Amodei

    Research Scientist, OpenAI

  • Dr. Joanna Bryson

    Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Bath

  • Jack Clark

    Strategy and Communications Director, OpenAI

  • Dr. Jeff Clune

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Wyoming

  • Dr. Rebecca Crootof

    Research Scholar and Information Society Project Executive Director, Yale Law School

  • Dr. Mary Cummings

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University

  • Dr. Kathleen Fisher

    Professor, Chair of the Computer Science Department, Tufts University

  • Dr. John K. Hawley

    Engineering Psychologist, Army Research Laboratory

  • Amir Husain

    Founder and CEO, SparkCognition

  • Dr. Andrew W. Moore

    Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Dr. Lynne Parker

    Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Engagement, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee

  • Kimberly Jackson Ryan

    Senior Human Systems Engineer, Draper Laboratory

  • Dr. Caitlin A. Surakitbanharn

    Researcher, Purdue Policy Research Institute

  • Kerstin Vignard

    Chief of Operations, UN Institute for Disarmament Research


Event Sponsors



Sparkcognition


Unisys


MorganStanley

CSRA

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