Four Month Report May - September 2020

02 December 2020

This report covers the period May - September 2020 and outlines our activities and future plans. Highlights of the last four months include:

  • Contributing to Cambridge University’s decision to fully divest from fossil fuels.
  • Publication of nine peer-reviewed papers on: divestment and Cambridge; our second bioengineering horizon-scan; cross-cultural cooperation in AI governance; ethics with urgency in a crisis; two AI safety papers on paradigms and degrees of generality; capital theory and sustainability; famine dynamics; and existential risk assessment.
  • Publication of four written evidence submissions, and two policy briefs, on premature procurement of AI defence systems; the EU’s proposed AI regulation; proposals for the new Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) UK funding body; how to improve the UK’s risk management system; using AI to improve food supply chain security, and public mental health and COVID-19.
  • Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh joined the Global Partnership on AI.
  • Co-organising two workshops with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on catastrophic environmental breakdown.
  • Extensive media coverage – including the front page of The Economist.
  • Welcoming six new team members

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