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June 2017

Integrated Assessment of Global Catastrophic Risk and AI with Seth Baum

June 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Alison Richard Building (ground floor), 7 West Road,
Cambridge, CB3 9DT United Kingdom
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This talk presents the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute’s (GCRI’s) flagship integrated assessment project, with emphasis on risk from artificial intelligence (AI). GCRI defines global catastrophic risk (GCR) as the risk of events large enough to significantly harm or even destroy human civilization at the global scale. Of particular interest are global catastrophes that could affect the long-term trajectory of human civilization. The GCRI integrated assessment combines quantitative risk and decision analysis with qualitative reasoning in a framework for the concurrent…

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July 2017

The Tragedy of the Uncommons: On the Psychology, Politics and Policy of Existential Risk

July 26 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Mill Lane Lecture Room 2, Old Press Site
Cambridge, CB2 1RX United Kingdom
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Sign  up via Eventbrite In this public lecture, Professor Jonathan B. Wiener, formulates a distinct type of problem: ‘the tragedy of the uncommons’, involving the misperception and mismanagement of rare catastrophic risks. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ is a classic type of problem, involving multiple actors who face individual incentives to deplete shared resources and thereby impose harms on others. Such tragedies can be overcome if societies learn through experience to mobilize collective action. Although the problem of rare and…

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Decision Theory & the Future of Artificial Intelligence (registration required)

July 28 - July 31
Trinity College, Cambridge,
Cambridge , CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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There is increasing interest in the challenges of ensuring that the long-term development of artificial intelligence (AI) is safe and beneficial. Moreover, despite different perspectives, there is much common ground between mathematical and philosophical decision theory, on the one hand, and AI, on the other. The aim of this workshop – intended to be the first in a regular series organised jointly by MCMP at LMU and CFI and CSER at Cambridge – is to bring the expertise of decision…

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Health Emergencies, Resource Allocation and Individual Health Security

July 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Alison Richard Building (ground floor), 7 West Road,
Cambridge, CB3 9DT United Kingdom
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Seminar presented by Jon Herington, co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre When faced with a health emergency (e.g. SARS, Ebola, natural disasters), health care workers must choose whether to allocate resources to interventions which prioritize the emergency, at the expense of interventions which address ordinary health problems (e.g. malaria, AIDS, maternal mortality). Some have argued that devoting resources to control an emergency is almost always unjustified, because the…

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