Nick Bostrom

Professor at Oxford University, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Center

Nick Bostrom is a professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research center that enables a set of exceptional mathematicians, philosophers and scientists to think about global priorities and big questions for humanity. He also directs the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre.

Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and the academic book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (OUP, 2014), which became a New York Times best seller. He is best known for his work in existential risk; the simulation argument; anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects); impacts of future technology, especially machine intelligence; and implications of consequentialism for global strategy.

He is a recipient of the Eugene R. Gannon Award, which selects one person annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). He has been recognized on Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" list twice. He was also included on Prospect magazine's "World Thinkers" list, the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and the highest-ranked analytic philosopher. Nick’s writings have been translated into 24 languages and there have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works.

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