Nick Bostrom

Director, Future Of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

Speaker Themes

  • AI and its impact on business and society
  • Risks facing humanity, and how to deal with them

Travels from

Oxford, UK


Nick Bostrom is Professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and also directs the Governance of Artificial Intelligence Programme.

In 2014 he published Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), which became a New York Times best-seller and changed the global conversation around machine intelligence and its potential impact on society. 

He has also authored some 200 further publications, including Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), and Human Enhancement (2009).

Nick has a background in physics, artificial intelligence, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He has been listed on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list twice and was included in Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and the highest-ranked analytic philosopher. His writings have been translated into 24 languages. There have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works.


Nick is without a doubt one of the world’s most important thinkers on the development of AI and the implications for humanity.

He believes that we may be on the edge of an AI “explosion”, which could present enormous risks for society. As such, his work not only focuses on the possibilities AI presents, but crucially also the strategies we need to employ to mitigate these risks, so that AI works for, not against us.

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