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April 2017

Risk & the Culture of Science (Invitation only workshop)

April 29 - April 30
Trinity College, Cambridge,
Cambridge , CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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Many scientists have expressed concern about potential catastrophic risks associated with powerful new technologies. But expressing concern is one thing, identifying serious candidates another. By definition, such risks will be novel, rare and difficult to study; data will be scarce, speculation necessary. This pushes us to the fringes of science, the realm of ‘mavericks’ and the unconventional – often a hostile and uncomfortable place. Scientists value consensus, at least about the big issues. Catastrophic risk is both a big issue and…

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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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July 2017

Decision Theory & the Future of Artificial Intelligence (registration coming soon)

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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