Professor Nick Bostrom I Keynote Speaker
Nick Bostrom is Swedish-born philosopher and polymath with a background in theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, logic, and artificial intelligence, as well as philosophy. He is Professor at Oxford University, where he leads the Future of Humanity Institute as its founding director. (The FHI is a multidisciplinary university research center; it is also home to the Center for the Governance of Artificial Intelligence and to teams working on AI safety, biosecurity, macrostrategy, and various other technology or foundational questions.) He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), a New York Times bestseller which helped spark a global conversation about artificial intelligence. Bostrom’s widely influential work, which traverses philosophy, science, ethics, and technology, has illuminated the links between our present actions and long-term global outcomes, thereby casting a new light on the human condition.
He is recipient of a Eugene R. Gannon Award, and has been listed on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list twice. He was included on Prospect’s World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15. His writings have been translated into 28 languages, and there have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works. He is a thrice repeat TED speaker and has done more than 2,000 interviews with television, radio, and print media. As a graduate student he dabbled in stand-up comedy on the London circuit, but he has since reconnected with the doom and gloom of his Swedish roots.
For more background, see profiles in e.g. The New Yorker or Aeon.
Professor Nick Bostrom - Essence Statement
AI is perhaps one subject we cannot look away from. Possibilities are mind boggling; but what about pitfalls? Can we rely on algorithms to make socially crucially decisions? What are the ethical questions surrounding the governance of AI? Will human level AI be possible?
Professor Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University is a best-selling author, and a very popular keynote speaker around the topic of future trends and smart technologies.
Professor Bostrom is one of the luminaries of the century, providing a historical context to the rise of AI and bringing our attention to imminent issues that surround new technology and deep future.