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Nick Bostrom

Founding Director of Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute


Innovation & Future





One of the most important thinkers of our time, Nick Bostrom changes the way we view the big picture—how advances in artificial intelligence and other technologies will reshape the human world, and how present actions affect the future.??

Nick Bostrom is Professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute. This is a unique research center where leading minds from computer science, mathematics, philosophy, economics, and engineering spend their days thinking about future technology impacts, global priorities, catastrophic risks, and transformative opportunities.

He is also director of the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Center, which does research on how the coming machine intelligence revolution will change society and the economy. His book on this topic, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Oxford University Press, 2014), became a New York Times bestseller and altered the global conversation on the future of AI.

Bostrom has a background in theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, and the foundations of probability theory as well as philosophy.

Bostrom was the recipient of a Eugene R. Gannon Award (one person selected annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). He has been twice listed on Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, and was included in the Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and the highest-ranked analytic philosopher. His writings have been translated into 24 languages, and there have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works.


  • The Present State and Future of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Future of Humanity
  • Conversation with Professor Nick Bostrom
  • Macrostrategy
  • Technological Trends and Revolutions: Getting Smarter


  • The Vulnerable World Hypothesis, 2020
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, 2014
  • Human Enhancement, 2009
  • Global Catastrophic Risks, 2008

Press & more

WIRED interview with Nick Bostrom
Humanity solves one problem, but the unintended side effects of the solution create new ones. Thus far civilization has stayed one step ahead of its problems. But philosopher Nick Bostrom worries we might not always be so lucky. He widens the lens in his latest paper, The Vulnerable World Hypothesis, to look at other ways technology could ultimately devastate civilization, and how humanity might try to avoid that fate. But his vision of a totalitarian future shows why the cure might be worse than the cause. Read the full interview here.