Trust In AI: Rethinking Future Command

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While less directly threatening in the public mind than ‘killer robots’, the use of AI in military decision-making presents key challenges as well as enormous advantages. Increasing human oversight over the technology itself will not prevent inadvertent (let alone intentional) misuse. The presenters argue that trust at all levels (operators, commanders, political leaders and the public) is essential to the effective adoption of AI for military decision-making and explores key related questions. What does trust in AI actually entail? How can it be built and sustained in support of military decision-making? What changes are needed for a symbiotic relationship between human operators and artificial agents for future command?


Christina Balis is the Global Campaign Director of Training and Mission Rehearsal at QinetiQ. Her 20 years’ experience across both sides of the Atlantic encompasses consulting, industry and public policy settings, with particular focus on defence, global security and transatlantic relations.

Paul O'Neill is the Director of Military Sciences at The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). With over 30 years’ experience in strategy and human resources, his research interests cover national security strategy and organisational aspects of defence and security, particularly organisational design, human resources, professional military education and decision-making.

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Thursday, 11 August 2022

12:00 - 12:45 BST



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  • Christina Balis
    Christina Balis
    Global Campaign Director of Training and Mission Rehearsal
  • Paul Oneil
    Paul O'Neill
    Director of Military Sciences
  • Hugh Morris
    Hugh Morris
    Senior Research Partner
    Z/Yen Group