7 episodes

In July 2008 the Future of Humanity Institute hosted a number of leading experts on different global catastrophic risks. The conference provided delegates with an overview of the key risks, and the state of current thinking on each of them. It brought scholars together from many different disciplines to discuss the common problems and methodologies which affect the study of global catastrophic risks.

Global Catastrophic Risks Conference 2008 Oxford University

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In July 2008 the Future of Humanity Institute hosted a number of leading experts on different global catastrophic risks. The conference provided delegates with an overview of the key risks, and the state of current thinking on each of them. It brought scholars together from many different disciplines to discuss the common problems and methodologies which affect the study of global catastrophic risks.

    Biotechnology and Biosecurity

    Biotechnology and Biosecurity

    Lecture on Biotechnology; its applications, its implications, risks and the challenges this new technology brings.

    • 32 min
    Introduction to the Global Catastrophes Risk Conference 2008

    Introduction to the Global Catastrophes Risk Conference 2008

    Nick Bostrom provides an introduction to the Global Catastrophic Risks Conference and briefly addressing some of the key themes running through it.

    • 15 min
    Probing the Improbable

    Probing the Improbable

    In this lecture, Toby Ord discusses the philosophical questions surrounding the risk of a global catastophe as well as the implications of a larger Hadron Collider.

    • 38 min
    Expected and unexpected in the exploration of the fundamental laws of nature

    Expected and unexpected in the exploration of the fundamental laws of nature

    How does knowledge of the "known" allow scientists to anticipate consequences of the "unknown"? Possible outcomes of new high-energy experiments will be used to address this topic, covering both scientific and sociological aspects of the issue.

    • 54 min
    Catastrophe, Social Collapse, and Human Extinction

    Catastrophe, Social Collapse, and Human Extinction

    This lecture examines how, for many types of disasters, severity seems to follow a power law distribution, and how the level of resistance to such disruptions can affect the future of humanity.

    • 30 min
    Into the Dark: The Long Term Future of our Dying Universe

    Into the Dark: The Long Term Future of our Dying Universe

    This talk outlines astrophysical issues related to the long term fate of the cosmos. It considers the evolution of planets, stars, stellar populations, galaxies, and the universe itself over time scales that greatly exceed the current age of the universe.

    • 44 min

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