On 1st July 2021, CSER presented the first of it's summer panels, "Doom and Doubt: Uncertain Futures & Open Questions about Existential Risk"
In this panel, three CSER researchers from very different backgrounds discussed how we can have frank, open, and vulnerable conversations about worst-case future scenarios that fully explore our biggest doubts, uncertainties, and confusions, without detracting from the importance of these risks. What are the crucial considerations we should focus on in studying these risks (their likelihood? Severity? Or how best to avoid them?) How can we learn more about what we don’t know? What would change our minds about the importance, neglectedness, or tractability of the problems that we study? How can we make or recommend decisions under such far-reaching uncertainty?
Bringing together insights from science, law and philosophy and years of studying different kinds of risk, this panel offers challenging insights into how to live up to the highest epistemic standards while also confronting urgent threats.