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People Professor Nick Bostrom

Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology


Professor of Philosophy

Research centres on big picture questions for humanity, with a particular focus on the impacts of future technology. Bostrom has done pioneering work on existential risk, human enhancement, probability theory, and strategic issues related to global consequentialism. He has recently finished a book on the future of machine intelligence: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (OUP, 2014). 

Media Coverage

Oct 2014
Tesla boss Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence development is 'summoning the demon'
Oct 2014
Amelia: IPsoft's New Artificial Intelligence Can Think Like A Human, And Wants Your Job
Sep 2014
When machines outsmart humans
Aug 2014
We need to stop killer robots from taking over the world
Aug 2014
Clever cogs - The potential impacts of intelligent machines on human life
Jul 2014
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, by Nick Bostrom
Jul 2014
Superintelligence – Nick Bostrom
Apr 2014
Who are the world's top thinkers?
Mar 2014
Prospect magazine's list of top 50 world thinkers
Feb 2014
Is The Universe Just A Futuristic Simulation? Who Knows, But It's Fun To Think About
Jan 2014
Can I increase my brain’s capacity?
Nov 2013
Do we live in the Matrix?
Nov 2013
We are architects of the simulation we're living in
Oct 2013
Why we should think about the threat of artificial intelligence
Jul 2013
Nick Bostrom on surveillance and transparency
Jun 2013
Brainstorming new ways to test if cosmos is one big computer simulation
Jun 2013
A Post-nature, Post-human world?
Jun 2013
The future of robotics: in a transhuman world, the disabled will be the ones without prosthetic limbs…
Jun 2013
Surely it’s only transhuman nature to want to live for ever
Jun 2013
Freeze a jolly good fellow
May 2013
Humans are facing extinction.
Apr 2013
How are humans going to become extinct?
Apr 2013
The World Tonight
Apr 2013
Institute warns of risk of extinction of the human race
Feb 2013
Omens
Dec 2012
What if reality were really just 'Sim Universe'?
Dec 2012
Will the world end on Friday?
Dec 2012
Is the universe just a giant computer simulation?
Oct 2012
Unloading while downloading
Sep 2012
100 answers
Sep 2012
Hazard: paper clips instead of people
Sep 2012
Newshour
Mar 2012
Ideas bank
Feb 2012
How did we forget about mutually assured destruction?
Dec 2011
The end of the world as we know it
Nov 2011
The many faces of the multiverse
Nov 2011
Is the end of the world really nigh?
Oct 2011
How to predict the future
Jun 2011
Interview: Nick Bostrom
Jul 2010
Is humanity prepared for the worst?