Nick Bostrom

July 11, 2009

Professor Nick Bostrom is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He previously taught at Yale University in the Department of Philosophy and in the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He has some 170 publications to his name, including three books: Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Enhancing Humans (ed., OUP, 2009). His writings have been translated into 19 different languages, and reprinted in numerous anthologies and textbooks. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as analytic philosophy. His research interests center on big picture questions for humanity, with a focus on issues in the foundations of probability theory, scientific methodology and rationality, human enhancement, global catastrophic risks, moral philosophy, and consequences of future technology.

Bostrom developed the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects. He is also the originator of the Simulation Argument, the Reversal Test, the concept of Existential Risk, and a number of other influential contributions. He has served occasionally as an expert consultant for various governmental agencies in the UK, Europe, and the USA, and he is a frequent commentator in the media.

Links:
Nick Bostrom's website
Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute
See essays by this author:
Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards
How Long Before Superintelligence?
Nanoethics and Technological Revolutions: A Precis.
The Transhumanist FAQ
When Machines Outsmart Humans
See selected books by this author:
Human Enhancement