The recipient of the Eugene R. Gannon Award, listed twice on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and included in Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers list (the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and highest-ranked analytic philosopher), Nick Bostrom has positioned himself as a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI).
His various writings have been translated into over 24 languages, while his book, “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” has seen him make the New York Times bestseller’s list. This book has prompted debate and comments from the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawkings. Many of the author’s books are available in audio form.
With a background in physics, computational neuroscience, mathematical logic, and philosophy, Nick is able to incorporate his expertise in these fields when it comes to global issues and priorities that affect the whole of humanity. It has also allowed him to become a world-leading authority on the nature and implications of artificial intelligence.
He co-founded the World Transhumanist Association (a non-profit) and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (a non-profit think tank).
Besides his humanitarian work, Nick is the founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, as well as the Director of Oxford’s Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre.
As a speaker, Nick has a natural ability to make his ideas relevant, understandable, and entertaining. He is able to highlight the need for thoroughness when it comes to examining the implications of AI development, as he feels overlooking certain areas could impact humanity in a wide variety of ways.
Early in his intellectual journey, Bostrom did a few stints as a philosophical standup comic in order to improve his communication skills. Talking to him, and reading his work, an edge of knowing absurdity at the sheer scale of the problems is never completely absent from his arguments.