FHI’s Toby Ord recently presented his talk, “How to Save Hundreds of Lives,” at a TEDx event in Cambridge University. In it, Toby demonstrates that even a modest amount of giving can save thousands of quality adjusted life years. Continue reading
Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellowship to work on the project Population Ethics: Theory and Practice. Continue reading
Could a “zero marginal cost society” maintain an equitable distribution of wealth? An article in The Guardian takes on this issue, citing Carl Frey’s work on automation and employment. Continue reading
What are some plausible future risks from advanced AI? Last week Daniel Dewey was interviewed on NonTheology, a science and philosophy podcast. Continue reading
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.” Continue reading
FHI director Nick Bostrom has made the Prospect Magazine’s top 50 World Thinkers, along with Pope Francis, Peter Higgs, and Elon Musk. Online voting for a top World Thinker continues here until April 11th.
On March 28th, Toby Ord spoke at the Oxford Literary Festival about the forthcoming book he contributed to: Is The Planet Full? Toby’s chapter, ‘Overpopulation or Underpopulation?’ raises a number of philosophical questions concerning how we should think about population, involving ethics and technology. Continue reading
Should the rate of innovation be accelerated? Nick Bostrom will discuss the risks and benefits in a keynote lecture at the Age of Wonder in Brussels this Friday. Continue reading
On March 14th Dr. Ilya Shpister discussed the merits of causal decision theory (CDT). His talk demonstrated the potential of CDT to resolve decision theory problems (such as Newcomb’s problem) so long as they are expressed in the correct causal graph.
On March 13th, Carl Frey and Mike Osborne presented their results on automation and employment at the Oxford Martin School. Topics included creative destruction, applications of machine learning, and the future role of human workers. Continue reading