Dr. Richard J. Carter is a Senior Research Consultant at the Centre for Emerging Technology and Security. He is a computer scientist and strategic advisor to government and industry on emerging technologies and strategic change. In addition to his work with CETaS, Rich also advises the UK government on artificial intelligence, and undertakes research in AI-human partnering as part of his honorary research position at the University of Bristol. In 2021 he published his book ‘Cognitive Advantage’ which explores how AI could be used to help people and organisations make better decisions and build a sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. 

Rich has been part of the UK’s Defence & Security sector for most of his 25-year career but has also had stints in the video games industry where he produced award-winning and BAFTA-nominated video games, and in academia where he co-founded the UK’s first national nanotechnology centre at the University of Bristol. His work has featured in The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist and the BBC.

Rich is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered IT Professional. He has a PhD in Complexity Science, a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Nanotechnology, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a postgraduate certificate in Law.