AI Security

Safeguarding Large Language Models and Why This Matters for the Future of Geopolitics

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Event Details

Date:

July 18, 2024

Time:

4:00–6:00 p.m. Eastern

Location:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
12th St. NW and H St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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Program

Given the dramatic, rapid, and unpredictable rate of change of AI capabilities, there is an urgent need for robust, forward-thinking strategies to ensure the security of AI systems. As many national governments have acknowledged, AI models may soon be critical for national security: They could potentially drive advantages in strategic competition—and, in the wrong hands, enable significant harm.

Please join RAND on Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m. Eastern, for a moderated panel discussion on the increasingly important topic of securing AI, and the implications for national and homeland security. Richard J. Danzig, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, will deliver keynote remarks; Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, RAND National Security Research Division, will provide introductory remarks; and Michelle Woods, Vice President and Director, RAND Homeland Security Research Division, will provide closing remarks. A brief reception will follow the discussion and Q&A.

Speakers

Richard Danzig

Keynote Speaker

Richard J. Danzig

Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Barry Pavel

Introductory Remarks

Barry Pavel

Vice President and Director, RAND National Security Research Division; Director, National Defense Research Institute

Michelle Woods

Closing Remarks

Michelle Woods

Vice President and Director, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center

Joslyn Barnhart

Panelist

Joslyn Barnhart

Senior Research Scientist, Google DeepMind

Lisa Einstein

Panelist

Lisa Einstein

Senior Advisor for AI and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, CISA

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Panelist

Tara Michels

Applied Research Mathematician; Research, Development and Evaluation lead; AI Security Center, National Security Agency (NSA)

Sella Nevo

Panelist

Sella Nevo

Director, RAND Meselson Center and RAND Senior Information Scientist

Jim Mitre

Moderator

Jim Mitre

Vice President and Director, RAND Global and Emerging Risks

Learn More about AI Security

A recent RAND study, Securing AI Model Weights: Preventing Theft and Misuse of Frontier Models, focuses on the potential theft and misuse of foundation AI model weights and details how promising security measures can be adapted specifically for model weights.

For more from RAND on AI, see our collection of featured research and commentary related to artificial intelligence topics.

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