Bundeswehr der Zukunft – Verantwortung und Künstliche Intelligenz

21. June 2023 | 18:00 - 19:30  | Festsaal der University of Bonn

Gunpowder, railroads, airplanes, tanks and nuclear bombs: they have all permanently changed the way war is waged and thought about. Artificial intelligence (AI) not only has the same potential, but is already changing conflicts and wars worldwide.

The new technology is not without controversy. Some consider the promise of developing artificial intelligence with ethical guardrails to be barely tenable. For Henry Kissinger, it is high time the West made artificial intelligence a high-priority issue, especially to link AI with our humanistic traditions.

Properly applied, there is unimagined potential in AI. Especially for our armed forces. With the anthology "Bundeswehr der Zukunft," the Konrad Adenauer Foundation has initiated a debate on the digital transformation of the armed forces and the technological developments of the 21st century. The Bundeswehr and society are faced with the question of whether and to what extent AI can be used militarily and, above all, to what extent it may be.

We are faced with existential questions: Where are the possibilities and limits in the use of AI? How should autonomy in weapon systems be dealt with from an ethical and legal perspective? What role will the human component play on the battlefield of the future? And last but not least: How can AI help gain a military advantage or decide a war?

This event will take place in german. 

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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz

Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS); Professor of Political Science at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert 

Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Koch

Chief Scientist, Fraunhofer-Institut für Kommunikation, Informationsverarbeitung und Ergonomie 

Leutendant General Dr. Ansgar Rieks

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe 

Anja Dahlmann 

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), Head of the Berlin Office, Member of the Advisory Council on Internal Leadership of the Bundeswehr


Vanessa Vohs, LL.M.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt AI For Defense (AI4DEF) und Doktorandin, Universität der Bundeswehr, München 


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