Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

James Martin Academic Project Manager with the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh is the Academic Project Manager at the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and his research interests straddle all of the Programme’s core areas. His current focus is on risks and impacts of emerging technologies, including near-term impacts of AI and robotics, biotechnology including synthetic biology and genomics, surveillance technology and existential risk.

Prior to joining the Future of Humanity Institute, Seán completed a PhD in genome evolution at Trinity College Dublin, where his work on bioinformatics software design was described by reviewers as likely to see ”very wide application in this age of ultrahigh throughput sequencing”; to date his SearchDOGS software has been used do discover over a thousand missing genes across yeast species. He has published in a diverse set of fields including genomics, molecular evolution and artificial intelligence. He has a degree in human genetics, and is a Scholar of Trinity College.