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Nick Bostrom

  • Swedish philosopher
  • Born March 10, 1973

Nick Bostrom (; Swedish: Niklas Boström [²buːstrœm]; born 10 March 1973) is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. In 2011, he founded the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Bostrom is the author of over 200 publications, including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), a New York Times bestseller and Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy (2002).


For healthy adult people, the really big thing we can foresee are ways of intervening in the ageing process, either by slowing or reversing it.




I personally don't think of myself as either an optimist or a pessimist.




Discovering traces of life on Mars would be of tremendous scientific significance: The first time that any signs of extraterrestrial life had ever been detected. Many people would also find it heartening to learn that we're not entirely alone in this vast, cold cosmos.




Traits acquired during one's lifetime - muscles built up in the gym, for example - cannot be passed on to the next generation. Now with technology, as it happens, we might indeed be able to transfer some of our acquired traits on to our selected offspring by genetic engineering.




There are some problems that technology can't solve.




Nanotechnology has been moving a little faster than I expected, virtual reality a little slower.




Once a discovery has been published, there is no way of un-publishing it.

Once a discovery has been published, there is no way of un-publishing it.



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