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Risks related to the future of AI

Nick Bostrom, professor philosophy at the University of Oxford and founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Program on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School, will speak on “Superintelligence: Risks Related to the Future of AI?” on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., in 219 Aaron Burr Hall, at Princeton University. The lecture is presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ (PIIRS) research community on Global Systemic Risk.

**The event is free and open to the public. Media who would like to attend should RSVP by December 6, 2013, to Jayne Bialkowski at or 609-258-2635.**

Bostrom is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (2002), and, as coeditor, Global Catastrophic Risks (2008) and Human Enhancement (2009). He has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. Bostrom is best known for his work in existential risk; the simulation argument; anthropics; transhumanism, including related issues in bioethics and on consequences of future technologies; and foundations and practical implications of consequentialism. He is currently working on a book about the existential risks and strategic issues related to the prospect of machine superintelligence.

The research community is concerned with the risk of emergent disruptions in global systems — like the weaknesses in interdependent financial institutions that led to the recent financial crisis — caused by the interaction of large numbers of autonomous agents, and is coordinated by Miguel Centeno, the Musgrave Professor of Sociology, a professor of sociology and international affairs, and chair of the Department of Sociology.

About PIIRS research communities

The PIIRS research community initiative was established in spring 2011. It provides funding over three years to groups of Princeton faculty in support of research, teaching and scholarly dialogue on a common theme of broad interest within international studies that cuts across disciplines and world regions.

The annual deadline for Princeton faculty to submit research community preproposals is Feb. 15. Information is available at