Keynote Speaker Category: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Machine Disruption, TED Speakers, The Future,
He is the author of over 200 publications including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), a New York Times bestseller and Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy (2002).
Bostrom’s work on superintelligence – and his concern for its existential risk to humanity over the coming century – has brought both Elon Musk and Bill Gates to similar thinking.
In 1998, Bostrom co-founded the World Transhumanist Association (which has since changed its name to Humanity+. In 2004, he co-founded the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, although he is no longer involved in either of these organisations.
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Nick Bostrom What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter than we are
Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford. He believes that humanity may unexpectedly become outmatched by a smarter competitor and that “human enhancement”, or “self-improvement and human perfectibility can be developed through the ethical application of science”.
He is a transhumanist, joining a fractious quasi-utopian movement united by the expectation that accelerating advances in technology will result in drastic changes—social, economic, and, most strikingly, biological—which could converge at a moment of epochal transformation known as the Singularity. He questions Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?
He wrote Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies in 2014 and in this book he argues that if a machine brains surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant life form on Earth.