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Nick Bostrom

One of the most influential "futurists" in the world.

Nick Bostrom is Director, Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University where he runs the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. He has been listed in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers and Prospect Magazine’s World Thinkers list (the highest-ranked analytic philosopher and the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields). He is widely considered to be the most influential “futurist” in the world.

He is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multi-disciplinary research centre that enables a number of exceptional mathematicians, philosophers, and scientists to think carefully about global priorities and consider the large questions for humanity. He also runs the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology in the Oxford Martin School.

Nick Bostrom has appeared frequently on international television including BBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, PBS, CBC, Discovery Channel and SRF. In addition, he has addressed audiences around the world and is a repeat TED speaker. For a brief period during his graduate years, he performed stand-up comedy on the London circuit, thereby earning the right to refer to himself as a failed stand-up comedian.

Nick has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, an academic research volume which became a New York Times bestseller. He is best known for his work in existential risk, the simulation argument, anthropic (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects), impacts of future technology, and macro strategy and implications of ethical consequentialism.\

One of the most important thinkers of our time, Nick Bostrom changes the way we view the big picture—how advances in artificial intelligence and other technologies will reshape the human world, and how present actions affect the future.

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The Present State and Future of Artificial Intelligence

With the book Superintelligence (Oxford University Press, 2014), a New York Times bestseller, Nick Bostrom changed the global conversation on the coming machine intelligence revolution. It has stimulated research efforts around the world, and deeply influenced the worldview of some of the leading practitioners. In this (highly visual) talk, Bostrom explains the advances that have been taking place in artificial intelligence since the book came out. As Director of the newly created Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Center at Oxford University, which works with some of the world’s foremost AI developers and research groups in industry and academia in the US and UK, Bostrom is in a unique position to draw out the implications of what may become the most important technological transition in human history. (The level of technicality in this speech, and the balance between near-term versus longer-term impacts, can be adjusted to fit audience requirements.)

Conversation with Professor Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom invites a discussion with the audience (or with a moderator) to explore any of a wide range of topics concerning the big picture for humanity, technological trends, risks, and future prospects for civilization. This format gives the audience the opportunity to interact with a commanding mind which has been researching and thinking about these topics for two decades. As the founding director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, Professor Bostrom leads a research group of about twenty mathematicians, computers scientists, philosophers, and engineers, doing serious research in an area that traditionally has been dominated by inspirational speakers and "business futurists”. The effect on the audience is an expansion of cognitive horizons and simple intellectual delight: people will be thinking and talking afterwards. The range of topics covered can, within some limits, be adapted to fit audience interest.)

The Future of Humanity

This talk zooms out and discusses how to structure our thinking about the really big picture—the key transitions in history that fundamentally changed the human condition, and the prospects of technological transformations, existential risk, and posthumanity that might lie ahead. It also covers what roles machine intelligence and biomedical enhancement may play in this. This talk (which includes vivid presentation slides) by Professor Nick Bostrom draws on his unique body of work over two decades in many relevant areas, including his books Anthropic Bias, Global Catastrophic Risk, Human Enhancement, and the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. Some of the background of this work was described in a recent long-form feature profile of Bostrom in the New Yorker (

Technological Trends and Revolutions: Getting Smarter

The neolithic revolution (agriculture) and the industrial revolution changed the human condition more than any events in history. Today we may be approaching a third technological revolution—the transition to superintelligence. Professor Bostrom reviews technical ongoing advances along several paths that lead to the creation of greater-than-human general intelligence, including biomedical cognitive enhancement, improvements in epistemic institutions, and advances in artificial intelligence, and tells the real story of what is going on behind the hype and media misconception. Professor Bostrom leads a team of 20 eminent computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and philosophers at Oxford University in the unique Future of Humanity Institute, whose work is changing the global dialogue on the future of technology. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence (Oxford University Press, 2014), and he is widely regarded as one of the most technological thinkers in the world today. Depending on audience preferences, this presentation can focus either on the big picture or on nearer-term technical advances and business-relevant developments.


How do present actions link to long term outcomes? What concretely should you do if you have a specific long term goal (such as accomplishing as much altruistic good as possible)? Is the future veiled in a fog of chaos and unpredictability such that we are essentially clueless about the long term consequences of our actions? Or are there specific levers that we can reasonably expect will have astronomically large and predictable effects? In this talk, Nick Bostrom, professor at Oxford University, best-selling author, and director of the Future of Humanity Institute, delivers vivid new insights into how to think systematically about how to achieve positive outcomes in a world of profound uncertainty and hidden crucial considerations.


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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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Global Catastrophic Risks

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Human Enhancement

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Anthropic Bias

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    £30k to £50k

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    £30k to £50k

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    £30k to £50k

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    £30k to £50k

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