Chris Benson is Principal Artificial Intelligence Strategist at Lockheed Martin – the world’s largest defense contractor – where he leads AI Ethics strategy for combat and non-combat missions in every environment from the bottom of the ocean to outer space, and everywhere in between.
He was previously Chief Scientist for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at Honeywell SPS, where he created Honeywell’s very first dedicated AI team.
Chris is Co-Host of the Practical AI podcast, which reaches thousands of AI enthusiasts each week, and is also the Founder & Organizer of the Atlanta Deep Learning Meetup – one of the largest AI communities in the world. Known for his passion, energy, and clarity, Chris is among the AI community’s most in-demand professional keynote speakers.
Chris and his wife Joanne are active in animal rescue and wildlife rehabilitation, and founded the Animal Institute, a 501©3 charitable nonprofit organization that strives to make strategic improvements in animal rights issues through advanced technology innovations (like artificial intelligence), educational programs, and advocacy for non-partisan, no-kill, vegan legislation and regulation.
His opinions are his own, and do not reflect the official positions of Lockheed Martin.
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