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Global Catastrophic Risks - Now With More Doom!

The program for the Global Catastrophic Risks event, November 14 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, has been doubled: Now you have 13 people (now only almost all middle-aged white guys) eager to describe in great detail just how royally screwed we are, as a civilization -- and, just maybe, what we can do about it.

Here's the speaker list, as of late October:

  • Anders Sandberg PhD, Oxford University
    “Global Catastrophic Risks: An Overview, and Caution about Risk Assessments”
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Research Associate. Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    “Cognitive Biases in the Assessment of Risk”
  • Feng Hsu PhD, Head, Integrated Risk Management, NASA
    “Critical Issues of Global Catastrophic Risks - a Worst Case Scenario Assessment”
  • William Potter PhD, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
    “Reducing the Risks of Nuclear Proliferation”
  • Martin Hellman PhD, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
    “Risk Analysis of Nuclear Deterrence”
  • Bruce Damer, CEO of The Digital Space Commons, director of Contact Consortium
    “The Risks of Asteroid Impacts”
  • Mike Treder, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
    “Nanotechnology’s Global Risk and Promises of Resilience”
  • Kattesh V. Katti PhD, Director, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform, Professor of Radiology, University of Missouri
    “Green Nanotechnology: An Economic And Scientific Initiative For the Future Of Human Civilization”
  • Alan Goldstein PhD, CEO of Industrial Nanobiotechnology
    “The A-Prize: Tracking The Global Race To Break The Carbon Barrier”
  • J. Storrs Hall PhD, author Beyond AI
    “The Weather Machine: Nano-enabled Climate Control for the Earth”
  • George Dvorsky, Director, IEET
    “Risks Posed by Political Extremism”
  • Jamais Cascio, IEET Fellow, and research affiliate, Institute for the Future
    “Building Civilizational Resilience” (hey, that's me!)
  • James J. Hughes PhD, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
    “Strengthening Transnational Governance to Mitigate Risks”

$100 if you buy your ticket now, $150 after November 1.

What's missing? I'm surprised that there isn't something explicitly bio-related on the list, either pandemic disease or engineered bioweaponry. I'd also like to see something about cross-issue reinforcement (i.e., how sub-catastrophic problems can mutually boost each others' awfulness), but that might come up in discussion.

Nothing about robots stealing our medicine, either. Maybe next time -- if there IS a next time!


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