Nick Bostrom at 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. Continue reading

Former Assistant Secretary General to the UN visits FHI

On July 21st 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.  Continue reading


2014-07-16 15.45.02In collaboration with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, FHI hosted a MIRIx Workshop to develop the technical agenda for AI safety. Attendees generated new strategic considerations for technical agenda setting, technical research ideas, and comments on existing topics in the technical agenda.

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Anders Sandberg presents at US Army Research Laboratory

Anders Sandberg gave an invited talk about enhancement ethics and emerging technologies at the Army Research Labs Adelphi Center. His main theme was how automation will shift occupational demand – both in society at large and in a military setting – more towards skills and abilities where human enhancement is relevant. Continue reading