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The Promise and Perils of Emerging Technologies

The implications of emerging technologies are a highly publicised yet often poorly understood field. The adoption of artificial intelligence capabilities alongside greater autonomy is poised to have profound strategic effects on the way warfare is conducted and will have implications that reach far beyond an immediate technical effect. This session explores the cognitive aspects of emerging and disruptive technologies, exploring themes such as public perceptions of offensive cyber operations, the way humans relate to artificial intelligence-enabled decision-support systems in conflict, and the associated potential risks of lethal autonomous weapons systems. Examining the implications of these technologies allows for discussion and policy recommendations to effectively innovative techniques into military contexts in ways that aim to mitigate operational and strategic challenges.