DILEMA Lecture by Margarita Konaev

Published 16 February 2021

On Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 16:00 CET (10:00 EST), Dr Margarita Konaev (Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology) will deliver a DILEMA Lecture on the topic of ‘Trusted Partners: Human-Machine Teaming and the Future of Military AI’. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Klaudia Klonowska, PhD Researcher with the DILEMA Project.

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As the U.S. military integrates AI into its systems and missions, there are outstanding questions about the role of trust in human-machine teams. This talk will examine the drivers and effects of trust in human-machine teams, assess the risks from trust deficits and uncritical trust in intelligent technologies, review efforts to build trustworthy AI systems, and offer future directions for research on trust relevant to the military applications of AI and human-machine teaming.

The lecture is based on the recent CSET Issue Brief: Margarita Konaev, Tina Huang and Husanjot Chahal, ‘Trusted Partners: Human-Machine Teaming and the Future of Military AI’ (February 2021).

About the Speaker

Dr Margarita Konaev is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) interested in military applications of AI and Russian military innovation. Previously, she was a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a Senior Principal in the Marketing and Communications practice at Gartner.

Margarita’s research on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors and urban warfare in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia has been published by the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the French Institute of International Relations, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Defense One, Modern War Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute and a range of other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

About the DILEMA Lecture Series

The DILEMA Lecture Series regularly invites academics and other experts working on issues related to the DILEMA project to present their work and share reflections with a general audience comprising researchers, students, and professionals. Topics of interest within the scope of this lecture series include technical perspectives on military applications of AI, philosophical inquiries into human control and human agency over technologies, analyses of international law in relation to (military) AI, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and interdisciplinary contributions related to these topics.