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Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh gives TEDx talk on existential risk

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh gave the opening talk at Belgium’s TEDx UHasselt Conference last Saturday, titled “Technological risk: how unexpected connections will help us tackle humanity’s greatest challenge.”

He explored how interdisciplinary research – combined with cooperation between academia, industry and government – may be our most powerful approach for mitigating existential risks from technology. Check in soon to see the lecture online.


Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh interviewed about the dangers of synthetic biology

Dr. Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Academic Project Manager at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, was recently interviewed about synthetic biology and other potentially dangerous technologies.

The full interview can be found here.

Replaced by robots?

Will your job be vulnerable to automation? See our Oxford Martin Seminar by Carl Frey and Mike Osborne.

Future of employment report delivered to House of Commons

Carl Frey discussed the future of automation and employment at the House of Commons on February 25th.

The meeting, hosted by Nic Dakin MP, was a part of a series of seminars on ‘Skills for the Real Economy’, and discussed how the future of technology might impact the development of skills policy.

The Future of Employment featured in the Financial Post and the Economist

The Future of Employment paper by Dr. Fray and Dr. Osborne was recently featured in the Financial Post and the Economist.

Finnish study replicate FutureTech analysis on "The Future of Employment"

A Finnish study done by ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, found that one third of Finnish employment is highly susceptible to computerization in the next decade or two. In their analysis Mika Pajarine and Petri Rouvinen “directly employ the probabilities of computerization derived by Frey and Osborne and in essence replicate their analysis for Finland.”


Upcoming events in 2014

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology will host several events this spring, and our researchers staff will participate in many others. 

Some of the most interesting events are listed below:
  • January 22nd – 5pm: Eric Drexler lecture and book launch at the Oxford Martin School  (Old Indian Institute, corner of Broad St. And Catte Street) (Register HERE)

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh on the science careers of 2023

"FEEL as though the world will have moved on by the time you finish studying? You can plan ahead by considering the skills likely to be in demand 10 years from now. Ever thought of a career as a biofactory designer, for example? Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the University of Oxford has pegged that as one of the hottest postgraduate jobs of 2023.

Eric Drexler's "Radical Abundance" featured in the Times Literary Supplement

"APM would result in nano-factories that would be like wonderfully suphisticated 3D printers, speedily creating bespoke manufactured items in (mostly garage-sized workshops. Furthermore, APM would also allow us to overcome shortages in raw materials by taking advantage of the amazing properties of abundant materials when exquisitely re-engineered in atomically precise ways.

Should certain types of labour be replaced by machines?

Professor Vincent Muller discusses developments in AI and concerns about jobs. Should certain types of labour be replaced by machines?