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FHI contributes to UK Chief Scientific Advisor’s report

The 2014 UK Chief Scientific Advisor’s report has included a chapter on existential risk, written by Toby Ord and Nick Beckstead. The report describes the risks posed by AI, biotechnology, and geoengineering, as well as the ethical framework under which we ought to evaluate existential risk.

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Director Nick Bostrom's work featured in The New York Times

The New York Times mentioned work done at the Programme in a recent article about the risks of artificial intelligence. Director Nick Bostrom's analysis of some potential dangers of AI was highlighted: "Nick Bostrom, author of the book “Superintelligence,” lays out a number of petrifying doomsday settings. One envisions self-replicating nanobots, which are microscopic robots designed to make copies of themselves. In a positive situation, these bots could fight diseases in the human body or eat radioactive material on the planet. But, Mr.

17/11: Talk by Simon DeDeo on inferential self-awareness and the social effects of machine learning

Simon DeDeo is an assistant professor in Complex Systems, and faculty in Cognitive Science, at Indiana University, and is an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute. His Social Minds lab conducts research in Cognitive Science, Social Behavior, History, Economics and Linguistics; recent collaborative work includes studies of institution formation in online social worlds, the emergence of hierarchy in animal conflict, competitive pricing of retail gasoline, and parliamentary speech during the French revolution. For more information about Simon Dedeo and his research, please see:

Video: Special Lecture by Nick Bostrom on "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies"

On October 13th Professor Nick Bostrom presented his recent book "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" at the Oxford Martin School. The lecture can be watched online at:

Carl Frey discusses his work in the Financial Times

In an article entitled 'Doing Capitalism in the Digital Age', Dr Frey discusses his recent work on the automation of jobs and how cities change as technology develops.

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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: