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March 2017

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

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
United Kingdom + Google Map

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
United Kingdom + Google Map

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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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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Responsibility and Inequality in a Risky World w/ Prof Heather Douglas

April 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm8iWN2PbQ4 This event was part of the Hauser-Raspe Visiting Expert Programme. We live in a world full of emerging risk.  We generate new capacities with the potential to reorder our world and we discover new risks from old practices. What responsibilities come with doing this work? How should we manage the attendant risks?  I will describe the nature and boundaries of responsibility for the new in a risky world, and I will argue  that the responsibility to think through the…

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May 2017

Deep Learning: Artificial Intelligence Meets Human Intelligence w/Prof Terrence Sejnowski

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
TBC,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8vlHOKTepQ This event was part of the Hauser-Raspe Visiting Expert Programme. Deep learning is based on technical advances made by the neural network revolution in the 1980's.  Why did it take so long for neural networks to recognise speech and objects in images at human levels? What were the breakthroughs that made deep learning possible? Which industries will deep learning disrupt and how will deep learning change your life? These are some of the issues that this public lecture will explore. About the speaker Dr Terrence…

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Collective awareness: A vision of a new economics and how it could reduce risk w/Prof Doyne Farmer

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJekUugMy88 Science gives us a collective awareness that turns unknown unknowns into probabilities and helps us deal with risks and avoid catastrophic scenarios.  It is worth distinguishing three levels of collective awareness, that involve understanding the external environment, our effect on the environment, and our collective effect on ourselves.  This lecture will focus on the hardest of these — our collective effect on ourselves — and on economics in particular.   The economy underpins almost everything we do, and economic fluctuations cost…

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