Nick Bostrom
Director, Future of Humanity Institute

Nick Bostrom is professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford where he is director of the Future of Humanity Institute. His books include Anthropic Bias (2002) and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014).

Written by Nick Bostrom

A monument to the glories of Soviet-era military aviation. Tiraspol, Transdniester, 2004. Photo by Jonas Bendikson/Magnum

Essay/
Future of technology
How vulnerable is the world?

Sooner or later a technology capable of wiping out human civilisation might be invented. How far would we go to stop it?

Nick Bostrom & Matthew van der Merwe