More Must Be Done to Guard Against Global Catastrophic Risks

Crossposted from Huffington Post Sebastian Farquhar Global catastrophes sometimes strike. In 1918 the Spanish Flu killed as many as one in twenty people. There have been even more devastating pandemics – the Black Death and the 6th century Plague of Justinian may have each killed nearer to one in every six people on this earth. […]

Read our input to Parliament on AI

On May 24th our Director of Research Dr Owen Cotton-Barratt gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in the UK Parliament. The Committee, under its Chair Nicola Blackwood MP, are conducting an inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence. This oral evidence will contribute to the Committee’s report and recommendations, to […]

Existential risks in international security at GCSP

On May 17th our policy associate Haydn Belfield led a session on the security implications of emerging technologies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). The class was made up of 25 security professionals from around the world, including diplomats, colonels, and national security advisors. They examined the implications of global catastrophic risks, drawing […]

Watch live parliamentary evidence on AI impacts

At 3:30pm UK time today Owen Cotton-Barratt will be giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the possible risks of artificial intelligence in the future. You can watch the committee live below or on Parliament’s website if the embedded player does not work for you. Proceedings start at 2:30pm.

An update on the Global Priorities Project

The purpose of this post is to let people know a bit more about what we’ve been doing and what we hope to do. Please let us know what questions you have that we don’t answer below!  Activities The Global Priorities Project (GPP) was created in order to pursue a wide range of low-hanging fruit. […]

We are hiring

The Global Priorities Project is currently looking for a Director of Policy and multiple Research Fellows. In addition, CEA is looking for many other roles including an Effective Altruism Strategy Fellow. You can find more details and specific job descriptions here. Applications are due by the 18th of October.

We are hiring a Senior Policy Fellow

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have created fantastic new technologies with the potential to bring huge benefits to humankind. Over the next few decades, it is plausible that artificially intelligent systems will become sufficiently advanced that they pose novel risks for society. These systems might be opaque and generally intelligent enough that […]

Update: Gain-of-function strategy meeting in Washington

Owen Cotton-Barratt was recently invited to a high-level strategy meeting on ‘gain-of-function’ research in virology in which he participated this Monday, hosted in Washington, DC, under the Chatham House Rule. The strategy meeting was designed to inform the US government response to gain-of-function research – in which viruses are engineered to have increased pathogenicity or […]

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AMA on the Effective Altruism Forum Tuesday 17th of March at 8pm

Sebastian Farquhar On Tuesday, Owen and I will be taking questions at the Effective Altruism Forum. We’re excited about this opportunity to share our work so far, our latest plans, and our research and for us to get input from the EA community. You can find details of the AMA, as posted by Ryan Carey, […]

Our strategy – a turn towards impact in 2015

Our new strategy has been published. The executive summary is below: Although a very young organisation, the Global Priorities Project has already had a great deal of impact. Our work on unprecedented technological risks has been circulated at the highest levels of government. We contributed to the upcoming update of the UK’s National Risk Assessments […]