Zoom Lecture with Colonel Brian M. Michelson
Warbot 1.0 offers a compelling picture of future combat as teams of Chinese, American, and Filipino soldiers, enabled by AI and robotic systems, fight for their lives on a battlefield full of deadly new technologies.
Set in 2033, China’s neighbors increasingly chafe at its heavy-handed efforts to dominate them as Taiwan teeters on the brink of declaring independence. When the newly elected president of the Republic of the Philippines attempts to eject Chinese military forces from his country, the People’s Republic of China launches a punitive expedition against his country as an object lesson for the other nations bordering the South China Sea. Despite the changing character of war now dominated by the weaponization of artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, cyber, and all form of media, its nature remains the same: a brutal, deadly, and complicated contest of wills by the humans who have to fight it.
Colonel Brian M. Michelson, USA, Retired, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. Prior to becoming a military author, he served in a number of diverse units to include XVIII Airborne Corps, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Brian’s military duties have taken him to numerous overseas locations including Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. While he enjoys military history, Brian appreciates the science fiction/fact work of Tom Clancy, August Cole, P.W. Singer, Anton Myer, and Robert Heinlein.