Apr 23, 2023

Post Scarcity Civilizations & Cognitive Enhancement | Anders Sandberg, Foresight Senior Fellow

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Zoom Transcription: https://otter.ai/s/j26AyG6FRGCfmHCNLGe5Pg.

Help us welcome Anders Sandberg to the Foresight family! As a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, we are proud that he will be joining a fantastic group of Foresight Senior Research Fellows: https://foresight.org/about-us/senior-research-fellows/

Anders will present a cherry-picked selection of his epic Grand Futures book project: What is available in the “nearer-term” for life if our immature civilization can make it past the tech/insight/coordination hurdles? We’ll focus on post-scarcity civilizations to get a sense of what is possible just past current human horizons in the hope it may inspire us to double down on solving humanity’s current challenges to unlock this next level.

Based on our Zoom polls, cognitive enhancement features as high interest for many of you and is also one of Anders’ main research interests. Let’s add a brief tour through different cognitive enhancement scenarios, their ethical considerations, and how to make progress in the right directions.
Join us with your questions and comments and let’s give Anders a warm welcome into the Foresight community!

About Anders:
Anders Sandberg is a Foresight Senior Fellow and a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute from the University of Oxford. Anders Sandberg’s research at FHI centers on management of low-probability high-impact risks, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures. Topics of particular interest include global catastrophic risk, cognitive biases, cognitive enhancement, collective intelligence, neuroethics, and public policy.

Anders is a Senior Research Fellow on the ERC UnPrEDICT Programme. He is a research associate to the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He is on the advisory boards of a number of organizations and often debates science and ethics in international media.

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