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 a Professor at Oxford University, where he heads the Future of Humanity Institute as its founding director.  He is the author of more than 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), which became a New York Times bestseller and sparked a global conversation about the future of AI. 

Bostrom’s academic work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and he is the world’s most cited philosopher aged 50 or under.  He is a repeat main-stage TED speaker and he has been interviewed more than 1,000 times by various media. 

He has been on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list twice and was included in Prospect’s World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15.  Some of his recent work has focused on the ethics of digital minds.  He has a book in the works on a topic yet to be disclosed.

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Nick Bostrom 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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