Author of Superintelligence and AI thought leader
Nick is one of the world’s leading thinkers on the implications and potential effects of artificial intelligence and developments in technology. He is the author of the acclaimed Superintelligence and is the founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.
Born and raised in Sweden, and intellectually curious from childhood, Nick studied a wide range of subjects in parallel including physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy and was subsequently expelled from Umeå University psychology department for studying too much. He studied physics and neuroscience in London, where he also dabbled in standup comedy and theatre.
Since then Nick has founded the Future of Humanity Institute (part of the Oxford Martin School) which takes a multidisciplinary look through mathematics, philosophy and science at big-picture question for humanity and global priorities. He also directs Oxford’s Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, co-founded the World Transhumanist Association, and was involved in the founding of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Nick now takes a global platform to lead discussions on areas such as AI and its effects on humanity and the world. He highlights the need to examine the implications of these developments, warning that overlooking just one area of significant impact could undermine all the previous hard work in the area. These areas stretch from the philosophical and ethical to the purely rational when considering the possibilities of human enhancement, human-like reasoning and learning, machine intelligence and the advent of AI that improves itself without human interference.