Online Lectures

Note, November 2014: It has been some time since GCRI has hosted online lectures. We may revive them at some future point. Meanwhile, we are focusing on other activities.

GCRI hosts occasional online lectures on global catastrophic risk research topics. Some of the lectures are public, as part of GCRI’s education efforts. Others are private, for internal discussion purposes. The lectures provide opportunities for researchers to share their work with GCRI and, if they would like, with the broader public.

If you are interested in presenting your work to GCRI, please contact Seth Baum (seth [at]

Upcoming Lectures:

October 2013: No lectures scheduled. See Online Lecture Reflections And Plans.

November 2013: Practice lectures for SRA 2013.

Past Lectures:

25 Sept 2013, 17:00 GMT: Tony Milligan, Virtue, Risk and Space Colonization. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

18 Sept 2013, 17:00 GMT: Grant Wilson, Murky Waters: Ambiguous International Law for Ocean Fertilization and Other Geoengineering. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

22 Aug 2013, 16:00 GMT: Dave Denkenberger, Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill the Sun or Crops. Pre-Lecture Announcement (private; no summary available)

15 Aug 2013, 16:00 GMT: Nick Beckstead, On The Overwhelming Importance Of Shaping The Far Future. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary
28 Aug 2013, 15:00 GMT Reprise Pre-Lecture Announcement * Audio Recording

1 Aug 2013, 17:00 GMT (RESCHEDULED FROM 11 July 17:00 GMT): Tim Maher, Ambient Intelligence: Implications for Global Environmental Change and Totalitarianism Risk. With discussants Maurits Kaptein and Arden Rowell. Announcement About The Rescheduling * Original Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

25 July 2013, 17:00 GMT: Miles Brundage, A Social Science Perspective on Global Catastrophic Risk Debates: The Case of Artificial General Intelligence. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

25-26 June 2013, 0:00 GMT: Itsuki Handoh, Phosphorus and Chemical Pollution as Global Catastrophic Risks. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

19 June 2013, 18:00 GMT: Eric Talbot Jensen, The Future Of The Law Of Armed Conflict: Ostriches, Butterflies, And Nanobots. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

11 June 2013, 17:00 GMT: Catherine Rhodes, Sovereign Wrongs: Ethics in the Governance of Pathogenic Genetic Resources. Pre-Lecture Announcement * Post-Lecture Summary

16 May 2013: Aladdin Diakun, Towards the Effective Governance of Geoengineering: What Role for Intellectual Property? Post-Lecture Summary

17 January 2013: Robert Lee, asteroids risk (private; no summary available)

26 November 2012: Katherine Thompson, What We Think About When We Think About Probability: How Our Experience Affects the Way We Perceive the Risk of Rare Events. Post-Lecture Summary

24 October 2012: Wei Luo, Geo-Social Visual Analytics with Applications to Catastrophic Risk Management. Post-Lecture Summary