GCRI is currently recruiting for a volunteer/intern position on media engagement. We aim both to improve the quality of global catastrophic risk media coverage—including coverage of GCRI—and to help someone launch their career. The ideal fit would be a college student or recent graduate who seeks a career in global catastrophic risk in something media-related such as journalism or social science. Details can be found on GCRI’s website. We would be grateful if you would share the announcement with anyone who might be interested or apply yourself if you feel you would be a good fit for the position.
As always, thank you for your interest in our work. We welcome any comments, questions, and criticisms you may have.
Seth Baum, Executive Director
GCR News Summary
Our news summaries cover events across the breadth of GCR topics, including nuclear disarmament, climate change, artificial intelligence, and infectious diseases. Here are is our summary for months of June and July.
GCRI Executive Director Seth Baum was appointed to the Advisory Board of the journal AI & Society. AI & Society is an interdisciplinary journal focused on societal issues related to artificial intelligence including the design, use, management, and policy of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical, and philosophical implications.
Seth Baum also appeared with OpenAI’s Dario Amodei on a Future of Life Institute podcast on concrete problems in AI safety. Baum and Amodei talked about how to get AI researchers to work on safety issues even when they are not concerned about future superintelligence risk.
Nuclear War Risk
Seth Baum was interviewed about nuclear war risk for the latest Global Challenges Foundation Quarterly Report.
GCRI Associate Kaitlin Butler was interviewed for an article about online oil and gas leasing auctions in FUSION, which was also republished in Wired. Butler told FUSION that “moving auctions online makes it easier for corporations to ignore frontline communities,” and “shields the fossil fuel industry from the voices and concerns of the communities who are directly impacted by the extraction projects and by climate disruption.”