Part 6: Emerging Technologies

One way to look for opportunities to accomplish as much good as possible is to ask: “Which developments might have an extremely large or irreversible impact on human civilization?”

In this sequence, we'll examine two technological trends that could create existential risks in the not-so-distant future: transformative artificial intelligence and advances in biotechnology.


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Organization Spotlight: Center for Security and Emerging Technology

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) is a research organization that provides nonpartisan analysis to the U.S. policy community, focusing on issues at the intersection of security and technology. They currently focus on progress in artificial intelligence, the application of AI to cybersecurity and other matters of U.S. national security, and biotechnology.

CSET aims to prepare decision-makers for the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies. Their staff includes people with experience directing intelligence and research operations at the National Security Council, as well as the Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security.

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