What are the dangers of artificial intelligence?

24 November 2017

The next evidence session of the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence asks what the UK's capacity is to protect against the impact of AI on cyber security, and whether the law is sufficient to prosecute those who misuse AI. The Committee's second session considers the current and potential military and defence applications of AI, and discusses whether a ban on lethal autonomous weapons is needed.


Tuesday 28 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Mark Briers, Strategic Programme Director for Defence and Security, The Alan Turing Institute
  • Professor Chris Hankin, Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London

At 4.30pm

  • Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Public Engagement, University of Sheffield, Co-Director, Foundation for Responsible Robotics, Chair International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and spokesperson for the Campaign against Killer Robots.
  • Major Kitty McKendrick, Visiting Fellow, Chatham House
  • Dr Alvin Wilby, Vice President Research, Technical and Innovation, Thales Group

Areas of discussion

  • Which type of applications of AI are more vulnerable to cyberattacks?
  • Are AI researchers aware of how their research might be misused?
  • Once the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Bill have come into force, will the law be able to adequately prosecute those who misuse AI for criminal purposes?
  • Should adversarial AI attacks be taken into account when developing new AI applications? Will mandatory regimes of stress-tested or penetration testing be required?
  • How might the use of AI in military applications change the nature of warfare?
  • Are non-state actors or rogue states like to use lethal autonomous or semi-autonomous AI applications?
  • Can civilian AI applications be easily converted to military or offensive purposes?
  • What ethical principles should companies developing AI systems for military and security applications use?
  • Should the UK Government consider restricting the sale or export of particular AI systems for military applications?

Further information

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