In this EA Global: Melbourne 2015 talk, Niel Bowerman discusses two possible existential risks — pandemics, and superintelligence — and the astronomical stakes for humanity in the future.
Dr. Niel Bowerman is Assistant Director at the Future of Humanity Institute. Niel co-founded the Centre for Effective Altruism, the Global Priorities Project, climate policy think tank Climatio, and was on the 80,000 Hours founding team. Niel has a DPhil (PhD) in physics from Oxford University. He was a member of President Obama’s Energy and Environment Policy Team, and was Climate Science Advisor to the President of the Maldives. Niel has delivered speeches at G8 Summits, the European Parliament, World Bank, UK Treasury and at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Niel was short-listed for 'Most inspirational young person' by UK Climate Week, was awarded the inaugural Oxford University Vice-Chancellor’s Civic Award, and was named a 'Young Global Shaper' by the World Economic Forum.
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