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Artificial Intelligence: A Revolution in Strategic Affairs?

Date
Tuesday 22 January 2019
Time
Location
Wijnhaven
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room
Spanish Steps

The fast development and increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) has broad strategic implications for international affairs. AI has the potential to transform strategy and to dramatically affect the balance of power. In his research, Dr Kenneth Payne (King's College London) explores how AI can affect the psychological essence of strategy.

On Tuesday 22 January 2019, Dr Payne will deliver a lecture presenting his research on ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Revolution in Strategic Affairs?’ in collaboration with the Asser Institute. This event is organised in connection with a Parliamentary Roundtable on Drones and Killer Robots taking place on 21 January at the Tweede Kamer, where Dr Payne will be speaking on AI capabilities and strategic implications thereof.

The event will take place at the Wijnhaven Campus of Leiden University (Turfmarkt 99, The Hague). To register for this event, please follow the registration link.

Programme
17:30 – 17:45  Introductory remarks
Berenice Boutin (Asser Institute)
Sven Koopmans (Member of the Dutch Parliament, VVD)

17:45 – 18:15  Artificial Intelligence: A Revolution in Strategic Affairs?
Kenneth Payne (King's College London)

18:15 – 19:00  Q&A

Biography
Dr Kenneth Payne is Senior Lecturer on Technology and Strategy at King's College London (Defence Studies Department). He conducts research on the role of human psychology in strategic affairs. In 2018, Dr Payne published Strategy, Evolution, and War: From Apes to Artificial Intelligence (Georgetown University Press).

A senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, Dr Payne was earlier a research associate at that university's Centre for International Studies, and before that, a visiting fellow Department of Politics and International Relations.

Before returning to academia, Dr Payne was a BBC News producer, working for its Panorama World at One and PM programmes. His PhD, on the security policymaking of the first-term Clinton administration, is from the University of Essex. His MPhil in International Relations is from University College, Oxford. As an undergraduate Dr Payne read Economics and Geography at UCL.

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