October Newsletter: Society for Risk Analysis Symposium

2016 Society for Risk Analysis Meeting

GCRI will lead a symposium on global catastrophic risk at the 2016 meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), December 11-15 in San Diego. SRA is the premier academic and professional society for risk analysis. GCRI has led symposiums at SRA meetings since 2010. The 2016 GCRI symposium features five talks focused on risks from artificial intelligence and nuclear weapons.

Artificial Intelligence

GCRI Executive Director Seth Baum’s paper, “On the promotion of safe and socially beneficial artificial intelligence” has been accepted for publication in the journal AI & Society, doi: 10.1007/s00146-016-0677-0.

GCRI Associate Roman Yampolskiy presented on long-term AI risk at “Free and Safe in Cyberspace— EU Edition” in Brussels and at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Agricultural Catastrophes

GCRI Associate David Denkenberger has a paper on the “Cost-effectiveness of interventions for alternate food to address agricultural catastrophes globally” with co-author Joshua Pearce forthcoming in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, doi 10.1007/s13753-016-0097-2.

The video of David Denkenberger’s recent presentation on “Feeding Everyone Without the Sun and/or Industry” at the Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk is now online.

Nuclear Winter

Seth Baum will be speaking in Brooklyn on October 18 at the Story Collider, an event for personal stories about science. The event has a pre-Halloween theme of fear. Baum will talk about his experience of the heated debate he sparked last year about winter-safe deterrence.

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