Board of Advisors

Joshua Pearce

Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair (2017-2018)

Professor Open Sustainability Technology Lab, Dept of Materials Science & Engineering, Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He then developed the first Sustainability program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate engineering program while at Queen’s University, Canada.

He currently is a Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction.

His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3-D printing, but also includes applied sustainability and energy policy. His research is regularly covered by the international and national press and it is continually ranked in the top 0.1% on (over 400 publications). He is the editor-in-chief of HardwareX, a journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware, the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs and the co-author of  Feeding Everyone No Matter What: Managing Food Security After Global Catastrophe.

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

Seán is Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and Co-PI 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. He has had an active program of engagement with both policymakers and research leaders in computer science on long-term AI, in the UK, Europe and US.

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 primary research interests include: emerging technologies, risk, technology policy, horizon-scanning and foresight, expertise elicitation and aggregation, genomics, synthetic biology, evolution and artificial intelligence. 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.

Anders Sandberg

Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford

Anders Sandberg is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the ERC UnPrEDICT Programme and the FHI-Amlin Collaboration. He is research associate to the the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He is on the advisory boards of a number of organisations and often debates science and ethics in international media.

He has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modelling of human memory.

Robin D. Hanson

Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute

Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute.

After receiving his Ph.D. in social science from the California Institute of Technology in 1997, Robin was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1984, Robin received a masters in physics and a masters in the Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago, and afterward spent nine years researching Artificial Intelligence, Bayesian statistics, and hypertext publishing, independently, and at Lockheed, NASA. Robin has over 60 publications, and since 1988 he has pioneered the new field of prediction markets. Robin also studies the social impact of future technologies. He wrote The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life When Robots Rule The Earth.

Karin Kuhlemann

PhD candidate at UCL Dept of Political Theory

Karin Kuhlemann is a PhD candidate at the University College London Department of Political Theory and a practicing lawyer specialised in public, financial services and regulatory law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from London (External) (2007-2009), in addition to a BSc in International Studies (2004-2008) and a BSc in Life Sciences (2004-2006) from the Open University.

Gorm Shackelford

Research Affiliate at CSER (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Zoology at Cambridge

Dr. Shackleford is a research affiliate at CSER (Centre for the Study of Existential Risks) and a post-doctoral research associate in Zoology at Cambridge where he led a systematic review and expert assessment of sustainable agricultural practices in Mediterranean climates. He uses text and data mining to create f information on catastrophic risks and interventions that could minimize these risks. He has a background in biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem services. He brings important agricultural expertise to the ALLFED team.