Defence establishments worldwide now recognise artificial intelligence (AI) as a pivotal asset for securing a strategic advantage. Consequently, the race to harness AI for defence purposes is accelerating globally, with its integration spanning from logistical frameworks to combat operations.

This widespread adoption of AI in defence is prompting both operational and conceptual changes, which in many cases are coupled with severe ethical risks – for example, the responsibility gap for the actions of AI systems or their limited predictability and transparency, and the implications these aspects have for human control.

The importance of identifying and addressing these risks is crucial to ensuring that AI-enabled defence does not trample human rights or erode the fundamental values of democratic societies

In her lecture, Professor Taddeo will outline a unified governance framework to identify, analyse and address the ethical risks arising from the many current and possible future uses of AI in defence.

This event is run in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute

Event Speaker

Professor Mariarosaria Taddeo is Professor of Digital Ethics and Defence Technologies at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. She is also the Programme Director of the DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the OII and Dstl Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

How to Attend

This event is open to RUSI members, taking place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions regarding this event, email [email protected].

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 18:00 to 19:00 GMT.