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March 2016

A distraction or an essential discussion? Confronting extreme environmental risks.

March 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

An expert panel will explore different perspectives on risk in the face of uncertainties, unknowns, and the possibilities of extreme outcomes. This event is being co-hosted by the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment (CFSE) and the Centre for Existential Risk (CSER). Click here for more information. Monday 7 March: 7:30pm - 8:30pm Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

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May 2016

Blavatnik Public Lecture Series – Professor Paul Ehrlich

May 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Babbage Lecture Theatre, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St
Cambridge, CB2 3QZ United Kingdom
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Population, Environment, Extinction and Ethics Prof Ehrlich received early inspiration to study ecology. When in his high school years he read William Vogt's Road to Surivival, an early study of the problem of rapid population growth and food production. He graduated in zoology from the University of Pennsylvania and took MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. He became a full professor of biology at Stanford University and Bing professor of population studies from 1976. Though much of…

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June 2016

Blavatnik Public Lecture Series – Professor Hilary Greaves

June 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hopkinson Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Phoenix Building
Cambridge, CB2 3QZ, United Kingdom
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Extinction Risk and Population Ethics Abstract. How important is it that we reduce the risk of human extinction? This depends sensitively on fundamental questions in moral theory. On the one hand, if humanity goes extinct prematurely, vast amounts of well-being will be lost – all the well-being that would have been contained in the future lives that are prevented, by the premature extinction event, from coming into existence. On the other hand, if humanity goes extinct prematurely, then (aside from…

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September 2016

CSER Public Lecture on The Rise of Data Religion by Professor Yuval Harari

September 6, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Old Combination Room, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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October 2016

Sculpting evolution: engineering biology to address global disease challenges

October 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Howard Building, Downing College
Cambridge, CB2 1DQ United Kingdom
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Biologists can now design genetic systems that engineer evolution in powerful ways with social, legal, ethical and environmental implications for our future. Mosquito populations can already be engineered using cutting edge techniques to drastically reduce their numbers or make them resistant to transmitting diseases like malaria, dengue or the emerging zika virus. Synthetic biologist Dr Kevin Esvelt (MIT Media Lab) will introduce his work on gene drive systems which rapidly spread malaria resistance within populations while Professor Luke Alphey (Pirbright…

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November 2016

Technology: Transparency vs Privacy with Prof. Neal Katyal

November 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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Abstract Professor Katyal, one of the top US Supreme Court advocates as well as the Paul Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University, will contrast European and American approaches to data privacy, digital security, and transparency, with an eye on recent groundbreaking cases in the United States. He has represented most of the top technology companies in the Apple Iphone San Bernadino decryption case, as well as in the Microsoft Gag Orders case, and will use those cases…

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