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  • Executive Course on Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Technologies: Understanding the current and future implications of artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies
  • 21–22 November, 2016
  • Costs: CHF 1000 – Apply before 20 October 2016 for 15% off tuition fees. GCSP Alumni are eligible for an additional 20% discount. Some scholarships are available.
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In the last few years, the field of disruptive technologies has expanded at a blinding pace. While these scientific advances offer untold benefits to humanity, they also pose multiple challenges that include: inequality, ethics, security, commercial and existential implications. This course identifies the top eight disruptive technologies today: AI, big data, synthetic biology, cognitive enhancement, killer robots, 3D and 4D printing, quantum computing and neuro-morphic technologies and the short and long-term ramifications of these technologies in today’s interconnected global framework. The goal is to provide an overview of how these technologies have already impacted governance, warfare, and security and will increasingly play a role in the future.

Key benefits for you
The course provides an in-depth overview of the impact of AI and other disruptive technologies on ethics and global security. The course will:

  • Provide you with a comprehensive and analytical overview of the role of these disruptive technologies in myriad fields;
  • Develop your understanding of how AI and disruptive innovations will impact future conflicts and raise ethical questions.

Why you should attend
The course is designed to bring out the best of the three central elements that form the basis of GCSP’s unique learning experience: the latest thinking and research from high-level academia, the wisdom of experienced senior practitioners and the collective experience of the accomplished participants. This unique blend will enable you and your peers to engage in a challenging topic and explore the latest developments in a cutting-edge domain.

Participant profile
This course is designed for government and international organisation officials as well as members of the military who are in charge of strategy, security and defense policy planning and intelligence. Journalists, engineers and students of ethics as well as concerned citizens from other fields would also find this course useful for maintaining an interdisciplinary advantage in their respective fields.

Course focus
The course leads participants through developing four key competences:

  • Defining and understanding the impact of artificial intelligence;
  • Analysing the impact of such technologies on questions of moral philosophy and global security
  • Adopting critical thinking skills when it comes to analysing the impact of AI and other disruptive technologies
  • Identifying key future risks and debates surrounding advances in these technologies

Expert Contributors
Contributors to this year’s edition include:

  • Professor Donald C. Daniel, Visiting Professor Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
  • Professor Giovanni De Micheli, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Professor Boi Faltings, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Captain James E. Fanell, GCSP Government Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative
  • Professor Paul Freemont, Co-Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Professor Jussi Kangasharju, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Professor Volker Markl, Full Professor and Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Betty Mohler, Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
  • Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Professor Enrique Solano, Ikerbasque Professor, Department of Physical Chemistry University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
  • Professor Tsjalling Swierstra, Professor of Philosophy, Wijsbegeerte, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands