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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26 Feb 2015: I have posted a correction to the talk text of my Dec 2014 talk at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. To my embarrassment, I gave the wrong numbers for my own research on the probability of Russia-US inadvertent nuclear war. My latest Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists column is up: Stopping killer robots and other future threats. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an active campaign against fully autonomous weapons. It is a great example of how to confront threats from future technologies before those technologies exist.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
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".
1 March 2015, New York City. I'm speaking in a panel discussion The Future of Life on Earth with Jeffrey Sachs and Max Tegmark at the 92nd Street Y as part of their 7 Days of Genius festival.
3 March 2015, online. I'm speaking in an interactive "Ask Me Anything" conversation the Effective Altruism Forum website, 7-9pm US ET. Announcements at Effective Altruism Forum and LessWrong. My EA Forum username is SethBaum.
23-24 March, Washington, DC. 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. I won't be speaking at this but may attend anyway.
27 April-22 May 2015, New York City. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. I will speak in a 6 May session "Catastrophic global risks, nuclear weapons, and human survival" hosted by People for Nuclear Disarmament. My talk is titled "How bad could it get? Risk analysis of nuclear winter".
27 June, Boston. Poles Apart, Melting Together: Science & the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene, hosted by the Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning. I'm tentatively planning to attend.
6-9 December 2015, Arlington, VA. Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting.
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