Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
(2012; University of Cambridge, UK; 44 staff; www.cser.org)

Is a multidisciplinary research center within the University of Cambridge aimed at the study and mitigation of technology’s risk to human existence. Humanity’s technological power brings about novel threats such as 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.


  • Managing Extreme Technological Risks
  • Global Catastrophic Biological Risks
  • Extreme Risks and the Global Environment
  • Risks from Artificial Intelligence


Leadership: Huw Price (Co-founder & Academic Director), Martin Rees (Co-founder), Jaan Tallinn (Co-founder)