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May 2017

Deep Learning: Artificial Intelligence Meets Human Intelligence w/Prof Terrence Sejnowski

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8vlHOKTepQ This event was part of the Hauser-Raspe Visiting Expert Programme. Deep learning is based on technical advances made by the neural network revolution in the 1980's.  Why did it take so long for neural networks to recognise speech and objects in images at human levels? What were the breakthroughs that made deep learning possible? Which industries will deep learning disrupt and how will deep learning change your life? These are some of the issues that this public lecture will explore. About the speaker Dr Terrence…

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Collective awareness: A vision of a new economics and how it could reduce risk w/Prof Doyne Farmer

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJekUugMy88 Science gives us a collective awareness that turns unknown unknowns into probabilities and helps us deal with risks and avoid catastrophic scenarios.  It is worth distinguishing three levels of collective awareness, that involve understanding the external environment, our effect on the environment, and our collective effect on ourselves.  This lecture will focus on the hardest of these — our collective effect on ourselves — and on economics in particular.   The economy underpins almost everything we do, and economic fluctuations cost…

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Overpopulation: A driver of climate change? w/ Prof Hilary Greaves

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGzwpUQBXJo It is often remarked that the significant drivers of climate change include not only high and rising levels of fossil fuel use per person, but also high and rising human population size. The logic behind this remark appears at first sight to be simple: climate change is driven by emissions, and total emissions are equal to per-capita emissions multiplied by population, so of course (one might think) higher population will lead to more climate change. I will argue that…

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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

Video coming soon. This event was part of the Hauser-Raspe Visiting Expert Programme. In this public lecture, Professor Jonathan B. Wiener, formulated 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…

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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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This event was part of the Hauser-Raspe Visiting Expert Programme. Seminar presented by Jon Herington, co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre Abstract: 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…

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