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.

CV: click here (pdf)

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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6 Apr 2016: I have two new papers out: A model of pathways to artificial superintelligence catastrophe for risk and decision analysis co-authored with Tony Barrett, to be published in Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (check out the full model graphic), and The ethics of outer space: A consequentialist perspective, to be published in a book on the ethics of space exploration. I also have a short story 'The Party at the End of the World' in the book Tales From Spaceship Earth, which is written with colleagues from Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Finally, my article Winter-safe deterrence: The risk of nuclear winter and its challenge to deterrence is one of five articles selected for the shortlist for the 2016 Bernard Brodie Prize for the best article in Contemporary Security Policy over the previous year.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
9-15 July 2016, New York City. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16)
16-19 July 2016, New York City. Human-Level Artificial Intelligence (HLAI 2016)
11-15 December 2016, San Diego. Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting. GCRI plans to host its usual SRA GCR sessions.
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 6 Apr 2016