Security and geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence

by Dr. Jean-Marc RICKLI
Head of Global Risk, Geneve Centre for Security Policy and Visiting Fellow, School of Security Studies, King’s College London

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – 12:00-14:00
emlyon business school
Ecully campus – Amphi Calori
23 avenue Guy de Collongue, 69130 Ecully

Recent advances in artificial intelligence driven by growing computing powers, rising amount of generated data and improvement of machine learning algorithms have led to major breakthroughs recently such as the series of Alpha algorithms by Google’s Deepmind or Libratus by Carnegie Melon University. The speed of this technological growth is exponential and the proliferation of this technology is both horizontal (across states) vertical (from state to non-state actors). This raises alarming prospects about the potential malicious uses of this technology and the way to prevent them. Moreover the concentration of key actors in AI in a few countries is leading to new geostrategic realities.


Dr. Jean Marc RICKLI is the head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a research fellow at King’s College London and a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society, Harvard Kennedy School. He is an expert on autonomous weapons systems for the United Nations in the framework of the Governmental Group of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is also a member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium Working Group on Emerging Security Challenges. His forthcoming book that will be published by Georgetown University Press in June 2019 and co-written with Dr. Andreas Krieg is entitled Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-first Century.