- During the 21st century, extraordinary and perhaps disruptive advances can be expected within biotechnology, nanotechnology, and machine intelligence. The potential benefits of all these technologies are enormous, but so are the risks, including the possibility of human extinction.
In this lecture, Olle Häggström will discuss some of the major existential risks facing humanity in the coming century or so, and explain why he thinks that the currently predominant attitude towards research and development - tantamount to running blindfolded at full speed through a minefield - ought to be revised in favor of more foresight and more caution.
Olle Häggström is a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology. His most noted research achievements are in probability theory, but his cross-disciplinary research interests are wide-ranging and include climate science, artificial intelligence, and philosophy. The talk will be partly based on his 2016 book Here Be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity.