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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: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/21/five-biggest-threat...

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: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/teta20/26/3#

Bostrom's "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" tops the Financial Times science recommendation list

"Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" has been placed at the top of the Financial Times scientific summer reading list, stating that “Bostrom … casts a philosopher’s eye at the past, present and future of artificial intelligence.” To see the full reading list recommended by the Financial Times, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/o5vlmnk.

The book has received praise from top world thinkers:

Toby Ord awarded University of Melbourne's "Rising Star Award for Young Alumni"

The Rising Star Award for Young Alumni recognises outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen. The University of Melbourne selected Dr Ord for "his academic and humanitarian achievements in the fields of Ethics, Global Poverty and Philanthropy."

Details about the prize can be found here: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/engage/alumni/arts-alumni-awards-winners

Carl Frey's work featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times

Dr Frey and Dr Osborne's recent work on the future automation of jobs continues to garner attention from top news publications.

The New York Times article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/magazine/hey-robot-which-cat-is-cuter....

The Guardian article can be found here:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/04/middle-classes-empl...

The Wall Street Journal article can be found here:
http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2014/06/06/the-dark-side-of-empowering-robots/

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh Gives a Talk for the Dutch Future Society

Dr Ó hÉigeartaigh discussed existential risks, foresight, and how the world will be in 50 years. A video of the talk can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLKe2iY-LCA

Dr Sandberg writes an invited piece for "The Conversation"

"The five biggest threats to human existence" by Anders Sandberg discusses the risks of nuclear weapons, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and superintelligence.

The piece can be found here: https://theconversation.com/the-five-biggest-threats-to-human-existence-...

Anders Sandberg participates in a 'Global Risks Report' workshop at the World Economic Forum

Dr Sanberg was invited by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to participate in a workshop on the methodology for the Global Risks Report. The workshop took place at the WEF’s headquarters in Geneva on April 30, 2014.

Daniel Dewey gives a talk at the AAAI 2014 Spring Symposia

"Reinforcement Learning and the Reward Engineering Principle"