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February 2017

Biological Extinction (Invite only workshop)

February 27 - March 1

Workshop on Biological Extinction jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and held at the Vatican. The Chair of our Management Committee, Sir Partha Dasgupta, was one of the organisers and presented on the workshop's 'Goals and Objectives' and the 'Summary and Conclusions'. He also spoke about 'Why We Are in the Sixth Extinction and What It Means to Humanity', while our co-founder Lord Martin Rees spoke about 'Extinction: What it Means to Us'. Read…

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March 2017

Artificial Intelligence, Decision Theory, and Severe Uncertainty (Workshop)

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Old Combination Room, Trinity College, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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On March 17, a workshop on artificial intelligence, decision theory and severe uncertainty will be running at the University of Cambridge, with the following talks planned: Arif Ahmed (Cambridge) - Rationality and Future Discounting Richard Bradley (LSE) - Deciding with Confidence Catrin Campbell-Moore (Bristol) - Risk Avoidance Can't be Accurate Huw Price and Yang Liu (Cambridge) - Heart of DARCness Bernhard Salow (Cambridge) - TBC The workshop will run from the Old Combination Room, at Trinity College. We will gather…

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Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention: Where Next? (Invitation only workshop)

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Led by Catherine Rhodes, Academic Project Manager, CSER and Malcolm Dando, Bradford Disarmament Research Centre While there was potential to make progress in several areas, the Eighth Review Conference failed to move things forward, and has left the process for the next few years largely undirected. This workshop will include discussion of: The outcomes of the Review Conference, the reasons for the lack of progress, and what these might indicate in terms of challenges and opportunities over the next few…

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Developing a Research Agenda and Methodologies for Extreme Bio-Risks (Invitation only Workshop)

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Led by Lalitha Sundaram, Researcher on Bio-risk Analysis at CSER and Piers Millet, Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) focuses on the understanding, management and mitigation of risks from emerging technologies and human activity, which threaten humanity’s survival, even if only with very low probability. We are particularly interested in areas in which our work can provide significant added value, e.g. risks that are understudied at present, or…

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May 2017

Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios (Invitation only workshop)

May 9 @ 8:00 am - May 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Scholars have warned that there is an uncertain chance of runaway climate change that could devastate the planet. At least since Hans Jonas’s The Imperative of Responsibility, some have argued that even low-probability existential risks should be treated in a fundamentally different way. How should we act when we believe that there is a chance of a catastrophe, but cannot make reliable probability estimates? How much should we worry about worst-case scenarios? What should we do when experts disagree about…

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