CSER Report May - September 2021

11 January 2022

This report covers the period May–September 2021 and outlines our activities and future plans. Highlights of the last three months include:

  • Twelve papers – four in Nature group journals – on resilient future foods, global catastrophic volcanic risk, the representation of higher-end warming in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, AI benchmarks, government monitoring of AI development, aligning AI regulation to sociotechnical change, overcoming language barriers in science, AI adoption in Indian agriculture, the relationship between COVID-19 and conflict, modelling state consolidation and collapse, population ethics, and the ethics of human–biosphere decoupling.
  • Five policy reports, including contributions to the Centre for Long-Term Resilience’s major FutureProof report, whichseeks to transform the UK’s resilience to extreme risks and has been wellreceived at the highest levels.
  • Presenting and participating in events with Stanford Existential Risk Initiative, Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI), Pugwash, CogX, and the Centre for Climate Repair, amongst others.
  • Our work was highlighted in the UK Resilience Strategy Call for Evidence, and Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh met with Cabinet Minister Penny Mordaunt and the head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat to discuss resilience to extreme risks.
  • We have been featured on the BBC, ABC, Aeon and on several podcasts and hosted three well-attended panels highlighting current CSER research projects.

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