Staging the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Conflict

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Artificial intelligence (AI) will play a transformative role in the twenty-first century human experience – including conflict. What role exactly remains to be seen, yet we have already had a glimpse from social-media bots to Wall Street trading. But are we courting the worst kind of failure of all – a failure of imagination? 

RUSI, the Atlantic Council and Central Saint Martins present an immersive event in which creatives, AI experts and military and policymakers will engage in open conversation about the challenges, opportunities, and realities of AI over the next fifty years, and ask what its use will mean for defence and security. 

Taking a multidisciplinary, creative approach ensures that the essential human factors in future conflict are not lost, and new, different voices participate in the debate. Traditional approaches to understanding an issue as complex as AI and war can obfuscate critical elements necessary to reducing risk and harm, while preparing society for a step-change in cognitive and operational capabilities.

Join us for an innovative event expanding and enriching our conversation about the future of AI. 

Creative Cues 

A Pre-Game Discussion by Jason Hansa – winner of the Art of the Future Project AI on Stage: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Conflict playwriting challenge 


  • Professor Nick Yeung, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford 
  • Chris Lincoln-Jones, military consultant 
  • Dr Pippa Malmgren, co-founder of H Robotics
  • Grady Booch, IBM Fellow
  • Jason Hansa, winner of the Atlantic Council Art of the Future contest on AI
  • Johannes Grenzfurthner, artistic director monochrom
  • General Andrew Sharpe 
  • Dr Adedeji B. Badiru, Dean, Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Oliver Lewis, Improbable

Further participants to be announced.

Ticket prices:

£12 + VAT for non-members

£10 + VAT for RUSI Members

£5 + VAT for students with a valid university email address.

A RUSI, Atlantic Council and Central Saint Martins collaboration.

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