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Bostrom on Humanity, Post-Humanity, and Human Extinction

February 28, 2013

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There’s an interesting interview with Nick Bostrom, whose work you read earlier this semester when we watched The Matrix, at Aeon Magazine.

Bostrom attracts an unusual amount of press attention for a professional philosopher, in part because he writes a great deal about human extinction. His work on the subject has earned him a reputation as a secular Daniel, a doomsday prophet for the empirical set. But Bostrom is no voice in the wilderness. He has a growing audience, both inside and outside the academy. Last year, he gave a keynote talk on extinction risks at a global conference hosted by the US State Department. More recently, he joined Stephen Hawking as an advisor to a new Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge.

The rest is here. There are a lot of very good ideas for term papers floating around is the article. If you’re looking for one, this is a good place to start.

Hat tip: Brian Leiter

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