Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Executive Director

Seán is Co-I on CSER’s research projects. Under his and Huw Price’s leadership, CSER has grown in two years to be a world-leading academic research center on extreme technological risk. Since 2011 Sean has played a central role in international research on the long-term impacts and risks of artificial intelligence (AI), project managing the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology from 2011-2014, co-developing the Strategic AI Research Centre (Cambridge-Oxford collaboration) in 2015, and co-developing the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge-Oxford-Imperial-Berkeley collaboration) in 2015/16.

Prior to Cambridge, Sean also established the FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk – a major academic-reinsurance industry partnership on catastrophic risk modelling – as well as several other research programmes in Oxford. His research interests include: emerging technologies, global risk, science and technology policy, and horizon-scanning and foresight. He has a PhD in genomics from Trinity College Dublin. His work is supported by the Templeton World Charity Foundation as part of the Managing Extreme Technological Risk project at CSER.

Recent publications include:

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh. (2017). Technological Wild Cards: Existential Risk and a Changing Humanity. The Next Step: Exponential Life, BBVA OpenMind Foundation.

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh. (2016). Would you hand over a decision to a machine? David Edmonds (ed.), Philosophers Take On The World, OUP.

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