DHS Emerging Technologies Project

I am writing to announce a new GCRI project on risks from emerging technologies. The project is sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security under its Science & Technology Directorate Centers of Excellence, through the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), which is based at the University of Southern California.

The project’s Principal Investigator is GCRI Director of Research Tony Barrett. Contributions are also coming from our colleague Jun Zhuang, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at SUNY-Buffalo, and …

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Grant Wilson Gives Lecture on International Law for Geoengineering

On Wednesday 18 September, GCRI hosted an online lecture by Grant Wilson entitled ‘Murky Waters: Ambiguous International Law for Ocean Fertilization and Other Geoengineering’. Wilson is GCRI’s Deputy Director and a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where he specialized in international law regarding emerging technologies and the environment. The lecture is based on a draft paper of the same title.

Emphasis on geoengineering comes from increasingly dire projections of climate change, amounting to a significant global catastrophic risk. The international community’s failure to …

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Grant Wilson To Deliver Online Lecture On Geoengineering International Law 18 September

This is the pre-event announcement for an online lecture by Grant Wilson, GCRI’s Deputy Director. The lecture is based on a draft paper of the same title.

Here is the full talk info:

Murky Waters: Ambiguous International Law for Ocean Fertilization and Other Geoengineering
Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 17:00 GMT (10:00 Los Angeles, 13:00 New York, 18:00 London)
To be held online via Skype. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] gcrinstitute.org). Space is limited.

Abstract:

In July 2012, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC) dumped about 100 tons …

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Tim Maher Gives Lecture on Ambient Intelligence

On Thursday 1 August, GCRI hosted an online lecture by Tim Maher entitled ‘Ambient Intelligence: Implications for Global Environmental Change and Totalitarianism Risk’ (see the pre-lecture announcement). Maher is a recent graduate of Bard College’s M.S. program in Climate Science and Policy and a GCRI Research Assistant. The lecture is based on Maher’s M.S. thesis ‘Ambient Intelligence and Ambient Persuasive Technology: Sustainability and Threats to Autonomy’ [1]. The lecture included discussants Maurits Kaptein, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Tilburg …

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New Paper: Ethics & Dual-Use Bioengineering

GCRI has a new academic paper out. The ethics of global catastrophic risk from dual-use bioengineering, by Seth Baum and Grant Wilson, has been accepted for publication in Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine. The paper was written for a talk of the same title presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Ethical Issues In Biomedical Engineering.

The paper discusses ethics and law issues raised by dual-use bioengineering. Dual-use technologies are technologies with both beneficial and harmful applications. Bioengineered technologies can be both very beneficial …

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Tim Maher To Deliver Online Lecture On Ambient Intelligence & GCR 11 July With Discussants Howe, Kaptein & Rowell

This is the pre-event announcement for an online lecture by Tim Maher, GCRI Research Assistant and recent graduate of Bard College’s M.S. program in Climate Science and Policy

Here is the full talk info:

Ambient Intelligence: Implications for Global Environmental Change and Totalitarianism Risk
Thursday 11 July, 17:00 GMT (10:00 Los Angeles, 13:00 New York, 18:00 London)
To be held online via Skype or equivalent. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] gcrinstitute.org). Space is limited.

The lecture will feature three discussants:
Peter Howe, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Yale Project on …

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Catherine Rhodes Gives Online Lecture on Pathogenic Genetic Resources and Sovereign Rights

On Tuesday 12 June, GCRI hosted an online lecture by Catherine Rhodes entitled ‘Sovereign Wrongs: Ethics in the Governance of Pathogenic Genetic Resources’. Rhodes is a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, where she researches how science can address humanity’s major challenges, with a focus on the interplay between science and international processes. Her lecture is based on a paper she published of the same name [1].

Rhodes’s lecture raised the question of who owns ‘pathogenic genetic resources’, meaning …

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Miles Brundage To Deliver Online Lecture On Social Science And Artificial General Intelligence 25 July

This is the pre-event announcement for an online lecture by Miles Brundage, a PhD student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

Here is the full talk info:

A Social Science Perspective on Global Catastrophic Risk Debates: The Case of Artificial General Intelligence
Thursday 25 July 2013, 17:00 GMT (10:00 Los Angeles, 13:00 New York, 18:00 London)
To be held online via Skype or equivalent. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] gcrinstitute.org). Space is limited.

Abstract: Researchers at institutions such as …

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Eric Talbot Jensen To Deliver Online Lecture On Law For Emerging Weapons Technologies 19 June

This is the pre-event announcement for an online lecture by Eric Talbot Jensen, Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University.

Here is the full talk info:

The Future of the Law of Armed Conflict: Ostriches, Butterflies, and Nanobots
Based on a paper of the same title.
Wednesday 19 June, 18:00 GMT (11:00 Los Angeles, 12:00 Utah, 14:00 New York, 19:00 London).
To be held online via Skype. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] gcrinstitute.org). Space is limited.

Abstract: The law has consistently lagged behind technological …

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Catherine Rhodes To Deliver Online Lecture On International Pandemics Governance 11 June

GCRI’s next online lecture will be given by Catherine Rhodes, who is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at University of Manchester.

Here is the full talk info:

Sovereign Wrongs: Ethics in the Governance of Pathogenic Genetic Resources
Tuesday 11 June, 17:00 GMT (10:00 Los Angeles, 13:00 New York, 18:00 London)
To be held online via Skype. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] gcrinstitute.org). Space is limited.

Abstract: This presentation examines the implications of a new international approach to the governance of …

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