A conversation on artificial intelligence and the human experience
To explore that future, the Project and RUSI are looking for playwrights and writers to explore AI’s impact on social conflict and warfare that are adapted from and inspired by the military science-fiction story A Visit to Weizenbaum, by Jamie Metzl. These issues reach beyond technology to include the unintended consequences of twenty-first century conflict, such as an extreme widening of the gap between military and civilian society, the impact on human identity and the will to fight.
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George Brant is a playwright whose plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, and Marie & Rosetta. His scripts have been awarded the Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, a Kennedy Center David Cohen National Playwriting Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Smith Prize and the Keene Prize for Literature. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, and Smith & Kraus.
Emma de Angelis is the editor of the RUSI Journal. She has a PhD in international history from the London School of Economics, and her current research focuses on how contemporary art explores themes of war and conflict.
August Cole is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, where he directs The Art of the Future Project, which explores narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict. He edited the Atlantic Council science fiction collection War Stories From the Future and is the co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War.