My interests and activities are broad, but all revolve around the theme of making the world (universe(s)?) a better place. I conduct research that combines science, engineering, and ethics to assess what, given present circumstances and particular ethical frameworks, might be the best thing(s) for us to be doing. I also help organize academic and professional communities to advance work on these topics.
I am Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a Research Scientst at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the Osomocene Productions video production company, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. I recently completed a PhD in Pennsylvania State University's Geography Department and a post-doctoral fellowship with Penn State Geography and Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.
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Contact info: seth [at] gcrinstitute.org
Networking: Facebook * LinkedIn * Twitter * Google Scholar * Society for Risk Analysis
At present I am particularly interested in networking with people who are or would like to be working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.
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29 Sep 2015: My special journal issue Confronting Future Catastrophic Threats to Humanity is near-complete. It's co-edited with Bruce Tonn, with 10 papers on topics including quantum computers, geoengineering, and nuclear winter. Tony Barrett and I have a new paper Risk analysis and risk management for the artificial superintelligence research and development process. My latest Bulletin column is A picture's power to prevent, on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Dave Denkenberger and I are featured in an article in Gizmodo Meet the Engineers Trying to Prevent the Destruction of Humanity. And I have an article Antinuclear Austria should lead the way on nuclear power, on nuclear power as it relates to global warming and nuclear weapons risks.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
6-9 December 2015, Arlington, VA. Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting. We'll have two sessions on global catastrophic risk and related topics; details available here.
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