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Nick Bostrom is one of the world’s leading thinkers on the implications and potential effects of artificial intelligence and developments in technology. He is the author of the acclaimed Superintelligence and is the founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.
Born and raised in Sweden, and intellectually curious from childhood, Nick studied a wide range of subjects in parallel including physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy and was subsequently expelled from Umeå University psychology department for studying too much. He studied physics and neuroscience in London, where he also dabbled in standup comedy and theatre.
Since then Nick has founded the Future of Humanity Institute (part of the Oxford Martin School) which takes a multidisciplinary look through mathematics, philosophy and science at big-picture question for humanity and global priorities. He also directs Oxford’s Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, co-founded the World Transhumanist Association, and was involved in the founding of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies to stimulate wider discussion about the implications of future technologies, in particular technologies that might lead to human enhancement.
Nick now takes a global platform to lead discussions on areas such as AI and its effects on humanity and the world. He highlights the need to examine the implications of these developments, warning that overlooking just one area of significant impact could undermine all the previous hard work in the area. These areas stretch from the philosophical and ethical to the purely rational when considering the possibilities of human enhancement, human-like reasoning and learning, machine intelligence and the advent of AI that improves itself without human interference.
Despite the high-level of work Nick is involved with, he has a natural ability to make these ideas relevant, understandable, and even entertaining. His international best-selling, influential book Superintelligence examines how the brain alone led to the human dominance of the planet. Should something surpass human intelligence, we could then be reliant on it for our survival in the way gorillas now rely on humans more than other gorillas. Humanity’s one advantage: we’re there first and get to set the conditions for intelligence to come. The book has been praised by some of the most respected voices in technology and science, and has been cited by the likes of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates in the debate over AI.
Nick has also been listed twice on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list and featured on Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers list, one of the youngest people to appear.
After Nick Bostrom has delivered the Opening Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the Future he will follow it with a book signing at 11:15am.
A New York Times Bestseller, Superintelligence discusses the fate of our species if machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence.
Join Nick in the Lounge at Stand V7 where a limited number of his book, Superintelligence, will be on sale for a special discounted price of £8 (rrp £9.99) or bring your own copy for the signing.
Nick Bostrom Seminars
Opening Keynote: Nick Bostrom – Artificial Intelligence and the Future Wed 5th Oct 10:00 - 10:40
Opening Keynote: Nick Bostrom – Artificial Intelligence and the Future
This is an incredibly rare opportunity to hear from Nick Bostrom the world’s leading thinker on the implications and potential effects of artiﬁcial intelligence and developments in technology. Nick’s work influences the thinking of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates and drove them to write an open letter to the world last year discussing Artificial Intelligence and its risk to humanity. This session will share insight into the latest thinking on AI and how our very future will change. This is a session not to be missed.
After Nick Bostrom has delivered the Opening Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the Future he will follow it with a book signing at 11:15am. A New York Times Bestseller, Superintelligence discusses the fate of our species if machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence. Join Nick in the Lounge at Stand V7 where a limited number of his book, Superintelligence, will be on sale for a special discounted price of £8 (rrp £9.99) or bring your own copy for the signing.
Time / Place
Wed 5th Oct 10:00 to 10:40