Seeing the future of humanity through rationality and philosophy.Founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford
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Warning on the Future of Humanity
The end of the world - when will it move from the realm of science fiction and become an apocalyptic reality? Nick Bostrom warns that the collapse of our civilization can happen at any time. In GREAT MINDS, he explains his reasoning behind this bleak outlook, sharing with us his vast knowledge in mathematics, physics, and superintelligence.
Thanks to our seemingly limitless ability to invent things that benefit us, humanity lives in a high-tech advanced civilization. However, what if one of those inventions has the power to destroy humanity? What if there's no governing structure to control it? Dr. Bostrom says that humanity will cause its own demise. Our collapse could come from a future technological achievement, like advanced artificial intelligence.
Everyday our society becomes a better place for us to live, yet because of this, we may be heading toward our own extinction. Can we prevent this? And what does this have to do with the existence of alien life forms? Do they exist? Or did they exist but drive themselves to extinction? Or maybe it’s possible we just live in a simulation? Professor Nick Bostrom takes us through all these questions of our existence and the future of humanity in his lecture series on GREAT MINDS.
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford since 2008 Director of the Future of Humanity Institute since 2005 One of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2015 One of Prospect Magazine’s World’s Top Thinkers in 2014 Author of Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), Superintelligence (2014) World’s Most Cited Philosopher under the Age of 50 in 2022
Nick Bostrom is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and director of the Future of Humanity Institute, an interdisciplinary research center where experts such as futurists, engineers, and economists investigate big-picture questions about humanity and where it’s heading, especially through the lens of future tech.
Professor Bostrom is widely known as an expert in many fields, including neuroscience, mathematical logic, physics, and philosophy. In 2009, he received the Eugene R. Gannon Award, which is given out yearly to someone who dedicates their life to the betterment of humanity through creative or academic means. He was also included in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list in 2009 and 2014 and ranked 15th on the list of Prospect Magazine’s World’s Top Thinkers in 2014.
His major works are Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), and Superintelligence (2014), which provoked worldwide discussions on artificial intelligence and its ability to transcend human intellect. In 2019, his “Vulnerable World Hypothesis” sparked countless academic discussions on what could cause the end of humanity.
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