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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 was held at the University of Cambridge, with the following talks: 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 was held in the Old Combination Room, at Trinity College. This workshop was funded by the Cambridge…

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

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This workshop is part of the Hauser-Raspe Workshop Series. There are three versions of this report: for audiences familiar with the Biological Weapons Convention; with additional background material for those less familiar with the Biological Weapons Convention; and a summary version. WORKSHOP REPORT v1a WORKSHOP REPORT v 1b WORKSHOP REPORT v 1c Led by Catherine Rhodes, Academic Project Manager at CSER, and Malcolm Dando, Bradford Disarmament Research Centre While there was potential to make progress in several…

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Developing a Research Agenda and Methodologies for Extreme Bio-Risks (Invite only workshop)

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This workshop is part of the Hauser-Raspe Workshop Series. Led by Lalitha Sundaram, Research Associate 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…

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April 2017

Risk & the Culture of Science (Invite only workshop)

April 29 - April 30
Trinity College, Cambridge,
Cambridge , CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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This workshop was featured on the Naked Scientists podcast, as part of the show Can Science Mavericks Save the World? Read or listen here. 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…

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May 2017

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

May 9 @ 8:00 am - May 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Read the full Workshop Report here: Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios Workshop Report 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…

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July 2017

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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This workshop is part of the Hauser-Raspe Workshop Series. 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…

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