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October 2016

Stakeholders for Sustainable Innovation (Invite only workshop)

October 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St
Cambridge, B2 3QY
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On October 24th, 2016, CSER, the Global Shapers Cambridge Hub, and Positive+Investment co-hosted a workshop on the auto sector for investors, sector experts, academics, non-governmental actors, specialist lawyers, and others. The goal was to identify strategies to accelerate the inevitable transition to electric and alternative vehicles, with a particular focus on boosting companies' research and development investments. The day began with expert testimony from Raj Thamotheram of Preventable Surprises (topic: the demand-side sectors: autos and utilities), Helen Wildsmith of CCLA (topic: Stewardship 101), Greg…

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November 2016

Personal Identity and Public Policy (Invite only workshop)

November 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am - November 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Future of Humanity Insitute, Oxford, United Kingdom + Google Map

Report on a workshop held in Oxford on November 1st and 2nd 2016.  Extreme technological risks present important considerations about the future of ‘the person’ that are very hard to evaluate using standard economic of legal procedures.  Firstly, there is the possibility of the total loss of all persons from the world, and hence some portion of space up to and including the entire future history of the universe Secondly, the replacement of human persons with persons, or person-like entities,…

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Horizon Scan for Emerging Issues in Bioengineering (Invite only workshop)

November 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St
Cambridge, B2 3QY
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This horizon-scanning exercise focused on identifying new and emerging issues in bioengineering. Using a structured process of soliciting input from a diverse range of people with experience in various issues around bioengineering (e.g. from industry, policy and research perspectives), the exercise aimed to gain a better understanding of risks and opportunities in the field. The full process - led by CSER post-doctoral researcher Bonnie Wintle - took place over five months, including a workshop on 3rd November 2016. The exercise will result…

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December 2016

NIPS 2016 – Machine Learning and the Law Symposium

December 8, 2016 - December 14, 2016
Centre Convencions Internacional, Barcelona, Spain + Google Map

Advances in AI mean that predictions and algorithms are already used in a wide variety of situations under regulatory or legal control. This includes such diverse areas as i.e. driving autonomous cars and predicting the likelihood of reoffending once released from prison. At this symposium, sponsored by LCFI, CSER and Clifford Chance, key themes such as privacy, liability, and regulation of data will be explored to inform the community of current and ongoing legislation as well as to help form…

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January 2017

“Black Sky” Infrastructure and Societal Resilience (Invite only workshop)

January 16
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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“Black Sky” Infrastructure and Societal Resilience Workshop on Monday 16th January 2017 at The Royal Society, London. See all the presentations here. Workshop themes: Emerging Black Sky Hazards; Coordination Challenges and Implications;  Infrastructure Interdependence and Resilience; Resilience, Systems, Risk and Perception; Resilience Learning and Perspectives; Infrastructure Decision-making, Stakeholder Engagement and Disaster Recovery Hosted by the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF), and The Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EISC), Cambridge University Centre for Existential Risk (CSER) and the UK Collabatorium for Research…

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February 2017

Bad Actors and AI (Invite only workshop)

February 19 - February 20
Future of Humanity Insitute, Oxford, United Kingdom + Google Map

On the 19th and 20th of February, the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) hosted a workshop on the potential risks posed by the malicious misuse of emerging technologies in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The workshop, co-chaired by Miles Brundage at FHI and Shahar Avin of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, invited experts in cybersecurity, AI governance, AI safety, counter-terrorism and law enforcement. The workshop was jointly organised by the Future of Humanity Institute, the Centre for…

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