Tim Sweijs at the European Parliament SEDE Public Hearing: Artificial Intelligence and Its Future Impact on Security

October 12th 2018 - 15:00

On Wednesday 10 October 2018, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament held a SEDE Public Hearing on “Artificial Intelligence and Its Future Impact on Security”.  In recent years, artificial intelligence has become more and more ubiquitous in the discussion that surrounds the future of security and events like this are important for framing the discussion.  

At this event Tim Sweijs, the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, spoke alongside Wendy Anderson, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, on the first panel entitled “The impact of AI on the future of defence” followed by questions and answers from the audience. Tim drew references to the HCSS reports "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Defense" and "Playing To Your Strengths: A Different Perspective on Future Capabilities for the Royal Netherlands Army." The latter contains a dedicated section to AI and the role it will play for the Royal Netherlands Army in the coming years.  

On the second panel, “Regulating AI in the area of defence”, Allan Dafoe, Director of the Governance of AI Program at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, was joined by Marcel Dickow, Head of International Security Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Again, this panel was followed by questions and answers from the audience. This SEDE Public Hearing was opened and closed by Anna Fotyga, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence.

Watch the contribution of Tim Sweijs below.

To watch the full SEDE Public Hearing, click here.


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Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.