Seth Baum's Home Page

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]

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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21 Nov 2014: A new paper has been accepted for publication. The great downside dilemma for risky emerging technologies will appear Physica Scripta. The article introduces catastrophic emerging technologies risks to broad audiences, aimed in particular for undergraduates. The paper was written for a talk of the same title presented at the event Emerging technologies and the future of humanity, hosted by the Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), and is part of a series of papers based on presentations at the event. In other news, my second monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is now up: Nuclear war, the black swan we can never see. This discusses some nuclear war risk themes I'll be covering in my talk at upcoing the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons - see the conference program and speaker abstracts and biographies.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
6-9 December 2014, Vienna. Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Civil Society and Government conferences. I'll give a talk 'What Is The Risk Of Nuclear War?' at the government conference.
7-10 December 2014, Denver. Society for Risk Analysis 2014 Annual Meeting. Unfortunately I must miss it this year but my colleagues will still have a global catastrophic risk session as usual.
28 February-1 March 2015, New York City. The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, hosted by the Helen Caldicott Foundation. I will give a talk "The catastrophic risk of nuclear war".
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 12 Dec 2014