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Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

AI Weapons, War and Ethics

Professor Yorick Wilks

This lecture will explore fully autonomous weapons, the products of AI technology, and the arguments for and against their use. It will then look at the more complex issues of the ethical role of the state in the protection of its population, and the ethical choices of individuals versus those of corporations, whose role in large-scale military-industrial complexes is crucial. 

The lecture will also mention  the emergence of a form of psychopathology in some weapons producers.

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Yorick Wilks is Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Gresham College. He is also Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Senior Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Professor Wilks is especially interested in the fields of artificial intelligence and the computer processing of language, knowledge and belief. His current research focuses on the possibility of software agents having identifiable personalities.

Professor Wilks's lecture series are as follows:

2019/20 The State of Artificial Intelligence: War, Ethics and Religion

2018/19 The State of Artificial Intelligence: Hype vs Progress

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence can be accessed here.

Current Visiting Professor of Information Technology

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