AI & Warfare: Are We in a New “Horse & Tank Moment”?

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November 17, 2021 | VIEW TRANSCRIPT

Will AI systems transform the future battlefield so dramatically that it will render existing paradigms and doctrines obsolete, feeding new intense security dilemmas? In this Artificial Intelligence & Equality podcast, Senior Fellow Anja Kaspersen is joined by Kenneth Payne, a King’s College London reader and the author of I, Warbot: The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict, to discuss the impact of AI systems on military affairs, the nature and character of war and warfare, strategic culture, and geopolitical affairs.


Kenneth Payne

Kenneth Payne is a reader in International Relations at King’s College London. A former BBC journalist, Dr. Payne’s research is in political psychology. He’s just finished writing his fourth book, which considers the ways in which Artificial Intelligence will change strategy. Earlier books explored the evolution of strategy from apes and early humans to Artificial Intelligence; strategy in the Vietnam War, and the relationship between human evolution and modern, liberal warfare. Dr Payne has consulted for the governments of the United Kingdom, United States and the Netherlands. He’s been a NATO research fellow and visiting fellow at Oxford University. 


Anja Kaspersen

Anja Kaspersen is a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Council of Ethics in International Affairs. She is the former Director of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and Deputy Secretary General of the Conference on Disarmament. Previously, she held the role as the head of strategic engagement and new technologies at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).