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November 2016

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 Research Associate Bonnie Wintle - took place over five months, including a workshop on 3rd November 2016. The exercise will result in…

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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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Envisioning and Addressing Adverse AI Outcomes (Invite only workshop)

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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