Collapse Volume I, 211–244


Existential Risk (Interview)


The Future of Humanity Institute forms part of the ambitious research program of the 21st Century School established by benefactor James Martin at Oxford University in the UK. If it is surprising that the UK’s most traditionalist university by reputation should host an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to evaluating the long-term prospects of the human race, it is perhaps even more remarkable that the director of the Institute Nick Bostrom began his academic life in analytic philosophy. He talks to Collapse about the wide-ranging research program of the FHI which seeks to address ‘existential risks’ for mankind ranging from natural catastrophes to biotechnical modification and the emergence of nonhuman intelligences……