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Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom, 2014
Born Niklas Boström
(1973-03-10) 10 March 1973 (age 43)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Institutions St Cross College, Oxford
Future of Humanity Institute
Alma mater

University of Gothenburg (B.A.)
Stockholm University (M.A.)
King’s College London (M.Sc.)
London School of Economics (Ph.D.)

Thesis Observational Selection Effects and Probability
Known for Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,
existential risk, anthropic bias, the reversal test, the simulation hypothesis, ethical consequentialism
Notable awards

Professorial Distinction Award from University of Oxford
FP Top 100 Global Thinkers
Prospects Top World Thinker list


There are some problems that technology can't solve.
Traits acquired during one's lifetime – muscles built up in the gym, for example – cannot be passed on to the next generation. Now with technology, as it happens, we might indeed be able to transfer some of our acquired traits on to our selected offspring by genetic engineering.
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I personally don't think of myself as either an optimist or a pessimist.
Nick Bostrom
For healthy adult people, the really big thing we can foresee are ways of intervening in the ageing process, either by slowing or reversing it.
Nick Bostrom
Discovering traces of life on Mars would be of tremendous scientific significance: The first time that any signs of extraterrestrial life had ever been detected. Many people would also find it heartening to learn that we're not entirely alone in this vast, cold cosmos.
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Nanotechnology has been moving a little faster than I expected, virtual reality a little slower.
Nick Bostrom
Once a discovery has been published, there is no way of un-publishing it.