Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Institution: Univ. of Cambridge

In Brief

2012, Univ. of Cambridge


(2012, University of Cambridge UK; www.cser.org).

A multidisciplinary research center for the study and mitigation of technology’s risk to human existence. “An existential risk is one that threatens the existence of our entire species.” Humanity has always faced risks from nature, e.g. meteor impacts and volcanic super-eruptions. These risks have been joined by a new source: humanity’s technological power in the form of all-out nuclear exchange, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, increasing reliance on limited resources, and fragile but increasingly interconnected systems. CSER seeks to identify concerns that need to be taken seriously and have not received sufficient study. Publishes a Newsletter. Founders: Huw Price (Prof of Philosophy, Cambridge), Martin Rees (Emeritus Prof of Cosmology, Cambridge; author of Our Final Hour, 2003), and Jaan Tallinn (co-founder of Skype and seed funder). Advisors include Steven Hawking and Nick Bostrum at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University.)

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