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25/09: Talk by Prof Marc Lipsitch on the Ethics of Potential Pandemic Pathogens

Professor Marc Lipsitch will be giving a talk on recent experiments with potential pandemic pathogens and their ethical alternatives on September 25th. Professor Lipsitch is a professor of epidemiology and the director of the Centre for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University.

The Chronicle of Higher Education features the Programme's work on artificial intelligence

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted work done at the Programme in an article about the risks of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. In their interview, Nick Bostrom notes that “Humans have been around for over 100,000 years. During that time, we have survived earthquakes and firestorms and asteroids and all kinds of other things… It’s unlikely that any of those natural hazards will do us in within the next 100 years if we’ve already survived 100,000.

Carl Frey's work featured in Scientific American

In an invited essay at Scientific American, Dr Frey discusses how cities can manage technological change, noting that the process of creative destruction works best when new occupations are fostered. The article can be found online at:

Nick Bostrom advises the US Presidential Bioethics Commission

Nick Bostrom recently advised Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on issues regarding ethical considerations in cognitive enhancement. Discussion included how concerns about distributive justice and fairness might be addressed in light of potential individual or societal benefits of cognitive enhancement. To read more about the Presidential Bioethics Commission, please see:

"Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" included on New York Times bestseller list

"Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" has been featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Ranked in the top 25 for nonfiction e-books, this week Superintelligence has topped books such as Daniel Kahneman’s "Thinking, Fast and Slow". To see the full New York Times bestseller list, please go to:

The Economist reviews Prof Bostrom's "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies"

A recent review by The Economist states “the implications of introducing a second intelligent species onto Earth are far-reaching enough to deserve hard thinking, even if the prospect of actually doing so seems remote. Trying to do some of that thinking in advance can only be a good thing.”

The full review can be found here:

Dr Frey's work used to generate EU report on the future of employment

Carl Frey & Michael Osborne's work on the automation of employment has been applied to data about the European workforce. The report predicts an impact well above 40%, and likely to reach 60% of jobs.

For a full account, please go to:

Prof Stedman, former Assistant Secretary General to the UN, discusses global catastrophic risks at FHI

Professor Steve Stedman visited the Future of Humanity Institute to discuss global catastrophic risks and emerging technology. Professor Stedman is the former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations, where he proposed and implemented the United Nations Task Force on Counter-terrorism, among other accomplishments.

Anders Sandberg discusses existential risks for The Guardian

In a recent piece for The Guardian, Anders Sandberg discusses the five biggest threats to human existence: nuclear weapons, biotechnology, nanotechnology, superintelligence, and unknown threats.

The piece can be found here:

Special Issue on the risks of Artificial Intelligence

The Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI) has published a special issue on the risks of artificial intelligence.

The issue has been edited by Vincent Müller and it includes articles by Stuart Armstrong, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Vincent Müller, and Anders Sandberg. It can be found online at: