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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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Envisioning and Addressing Adverse AI Outcomes (invite only)

February 24 - February 26
Arizona State University, United States + Google Map

On the weekend of 24-26 February CSER executive director Seán Ó Heigeartaigh and researcher Shahar Avin participated and chaired sessions in the Origins workshop "Envisioning and Addressing Adverse AI Outcomes" hosted at Arizona State University. The workshop was organised by CSER co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Microsoft technical fellow and research managing director Eric Horvitz and Origins director and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.  At the workshop participants explored adverse AI outcomes in a red team/blue team adversarial format, exploring scenarios contributed by the…

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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 proceedings are available here. 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…

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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 ran from the Old Combination Room, at Trinity College. The workshop ran from 9am until shortly after 5pm…

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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
United Kingdom + Google Map

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
United Kingdom + Google Map

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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