CNAS Live Events

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Nov 1, 2017 
9:30am to 4:00pm

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.   

To anticipate these challenges, 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 showcased experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine teaming, and security policy. Furthermore, the event helped to build cross-disciplinary networks between AI engineers and policymakers to design and implement together solutions to manage the challenges ahead.


Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30 – 9:40 AM
Richard Fontaine, President, Center for a New American Security
Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS

Opening Keynote
9:40 – 10:00 AM
Dr. Andrew W. Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote Address by Eric Schmidt
10:00 – 10:40 AM
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc. and Chair, Defense Innovation Board
Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS (moderator)

AI Safety and Cybersecurity
10:40 – 11:55 AM
Dr. Dario Amodei, Research Scientist, OpenAI
Dr. Kathleen Fisher, Professor, Chair of the Computer Science Department, Tufts University
Dr. Joanna Bryson, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Bath
Amir Husain, Founder and CEO, SparkCognition, Inc.
Tom Simonite, Senior Writer, WIRED (moderator)

Humans + Machines
12:30 – 1:35 PM
Dr. Jeff Clune, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
Kimberly Jackson Ryan, Senior Human Systems Engineer, Draper Laboratory
Dr. John Hawley, Engineering Psychologist, Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Caitlin Surakitbanharn, Research Scientist, Purdue University
Dan Lamothe, National Security Writer, The Washington Post (moderator)

Interviews with AI experts
1:35 – 2:00 PM

AI Policy
2:15 – 3:30 PM
Dr. Rebecca Crootof, Research Scholar and Information Security Project Executive Director, Yale Law School
Dr. Lynne Parker, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Engagement, Tickle College of Engineering,  University of Tennessee
Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director, OpenAI
Kerstin Vignard, Chief of Operations, UN Institute for Disarmament Research
Phil Stewart, Military and Intelligence Correspondent, Reuters (moderator)

Closing Keynote
3:30 – 3:50 PM
Dr. Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and former Navy fighter pilot

Closing Remarks
3:50 – 4:00 PM
Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS





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