Watch now—The Artificial Intelligence Era: What will the future look like?

By Halley Posner | April 25, 2021

Watch the Bulletin virtual programThe AI Era: What will the future look like?” featuring Missy Cummings and Eric Horvitz in conversation with Nadya Bliss. 

In this conversation, you’ll hear about the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s Final Report and how AI can negatively amplify existing threats while simultaneously offering a path forward to international stability, if used wisely.  

Read more Bulletin coverage of disruptive technologies and listen to all of our virtual programs. 

Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She is an AIAA Fellow and a member of the Veoneer, Inc. Board of Directors. 

Eric Horvitz is a technical fellow at Microsoft, where he serves as the company’s first Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Horvitz provides cross-company leadership and perspectives on advances and trends on scientific matters, and on issues and opportunities rising at the intersection of technology, people, and society. He is recognized for his research on challenges and opportunities with uses of AI technologies amidst the complexities of the open world. Dr. Horvitz serves as a commissioner for the National Security Commission on AI and chairs the line of effort on ethical and responsible AI and is a member of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors. 

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Nadya Bliss is the Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University. In that capacity, she leads a pan-university organization advancing research, education, and other programming in support of national and global security. She has proven expertise in growing mission-focused research organizations; deep knowledge of the technology transition pipeline; and significant experience identifying advanced research capabilities to address mission needs with almost two decades specifically in defense and security sectors. Dr. Bliss is actively involved in national service, including currently as an Executive Committee member of the Computing Community Consortium and the Vice Chair of the DARPA ISAT (Information Science and Technology) study group.   

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Ken Leach
Ken Leach
3 years ago

Have to agree with Missy on the AI outpacing its critical use. Certain situations are surely of concern (Fighter Pilot warefare is definitly one). Just consider the issues we are still having with spellchecker (which I call “spell-wrecker”). We are FAR from being where we need to be. That being said, I do believe in the continued pursuit of progress and understanding. Lightspeed, surely outperforms brain speed – it just isn’t at the level of critical thinking that involves emotional intelligence and human reasoning yet…if ever.


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