CSER Report April - August 2022

09 November 2022

This report covers the period April - August 2022 and outlines our activities and future plans. Highlights of the last five months include:

  • We published seven papers, two pre-prints, and a comment piece – including in Nature, Nature Sustainability and the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. These covered cooperation between Machine Learning agents, the political implications of developments in the life sciences, the safety of clinical applications of Machine Learning, AI performance metrics, the research agenda of the IPCC, catastrophic climate change, digital twins for sustainability, military applications of AI, the science of existential risk, and huge volcanic eruptions
  •  We hosted a highly successful conference, a two week programme of intensive engagement with a group of interdisciplinary international visitors, and an in-person public lecture by Professor Matthew Adler.
  • Our researchers presented their work at 13 workshops, conferences, and talks hosted by, among others, the European Geoscience Union, the Vienna Complexity Science Hub, Darwin College, the Open University, the European Evaluation Society, the Royal College of Defence Studies, Walton Park, and AI for Good.
  • Our work has also been featured in leading global media outlets, including The Independent, BBC Radio 4, Sky News, Associated Press, TRT World News, The Progressive, and BBC Future. There was particular media interest in our researchers work on volcanic risk, catastrophic climate change, and the war in Ukraine.
  • We welcomed four visitors working on AI safety, humanitarianism, and catastrophic risk and two of our researchers took up new positions with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Legal Priorities Project.

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