Media resources and contact information
About Nick Bostrom
Professor, Faculty of Philosophy & Oxford Martin School|
Director, Future of Humanity Institute
Director, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology
University of Oxford
Areas of expertise
- Anthropic reasoning (including its applications in biology, cosmology and other areas)
- The Sleeping Beauty argument
- The Simulation Argument
- Human extinction scenarios
- The philosophy and ethics of human enhancement technologies
Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias: observation selection effects in science and philosophy (Routledge, 2002) and a forthcoming book on Superintelligence, and is co-editor of volumes on Human Enhancement (Oxford: OUP, 2009) and Global Catastrophic Risks (Oxford: OUP, 2008). He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.
He is best known for his work in five areas: (i) the concept of existential risk; (ii) the simulation argument; (iii) anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects); (iv) transhumanism, including related issues in bioethics and on consequences of future technologies; and (v) foundations and practical implications of consequentialism (see, e.g., Astronomical Waste, Infinite Ethics, Technological Revolutions). He is currently working on a book on the possibility of an intelligence explosion and on the existential risks and strategic issues related to the prospect of machine superintelligence.
In 2009, he was awarded the inaugural Eugene R. Gannon Jr. Award for the Continued Pursuit of Human Advancement, wherein one person is selected annually from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, or the natural sciences based “on criteria of integrity, ingenuity, professional recognition, and significance to the future of humanity” to “honor those who commit their lives to the betterment of humanity through creative or academic means”. And in the same year, Nick was listed in the Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 Global Thinkers list - a list of “the 100 minds that mattered most in the year that was”. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages, and there have been some 100 translations or reprints of his work. He has also done more than 400 interviews for TV, film, radio, and print media, addressing both academic and popular audiences around the world.
You can also visit Nick's homepage at http://www.nickbostrom.com.
Video interviews available online
The following videos are a few examples of interviews and media on the Anthropic Principle that Nick has done for popular audiences .
Closer to Truth is a TV series that investigates "Cosmos, Consciousness and God" through discussions with philosophers, scientists, theologians, and other creative thinkers. Nick has appeared on the series numerous times, and videos of his discussions are available on the closer truth website:
- Arguments for Agnosticism?
- What is the Doomsday Argument?
- What is the Far Far Future of Humans in the Universe?
- Must the Universe Spawn Life and Mind?
- What does a Fine-Tuned Universe Mean?
- Where are They, All those Aliens?
- Could Our Universe Be a Fake? (Part 1 of 2)
- Could Our Universe Be a Fake? (Part 2 of 2)