AGI Impacts conference in Oxford in December, with Call for Papers

by Stuart_Armstrong 7y14th Jun 20122 comments


From the 8th to the 12th of December, the Future of Humanity Institute will be hosting the Winter Intelligence Multi-Conference, a dual conference including AGI-12 (the Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence), followed by the AGI impacts conference. Of great relevance to the people on Less Wrong, the impacts conference will about the safety, risks and impacts of AGI, and how best to prepare now for these challenges.

The conference now has a Call for Papers, with an associated prize offered by the Singularity Institute. Please publicise on any relevant places:



AGI Impacts, 10-11.12.2012, OXFORD

The first conference on the Impacts and Risks of Artificial General Intelligence will take place at the University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College, on December 10th and 11th, 2012 – immediately following the fifth annual conference on Artificial General Intelligence AGI-12. AGI-Impacts is organized by the “Future of Humanity Institute” (FHI) at Oxford University through its “Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology”. The two events form the Winter Intelligence Multi-Conference 2012, hosted by FHI.

The conference will explore questions such as: How can we best predict the impact of future intelligent and superintelligent machines? How can we combine ideas from computer science, mathematics and philosophy to best estimate this impact? What will be the impacts of AGI on the world? Which directions of research should be most explored, and which should be de-emphasized or avoided?   What can we do to best ensure scientific rigour in this non-experimental academic field? What are the best ideas and methods for ensuring both safety and predictability of advanced AI systems? Can we lay the foundations to a field of rigorous study of realistic AGI control methods that lead to implementable security protocols?

The scope is wide, but all papers are expected to be of high quality and with the maximal amount of rigour that is possible for the subject area.


Please submit your paper to our easychair conference website. Submit an abstract of ca. 400-800 words, with author contact information by August 31st, 2012. A selection of papers from AGI-Impacts 2012 will be published in a special volume of the 'Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence' in 2013.

Attendees at this conference and at the AGI-12 conference are eligible for the '2012 Turing Prize for Best AGI Safety Paper': The Singularity Institute sponsors a $1000 prize for a paper or contribution to 'AGI-12' and 'AGI-Impacts 2012' in recognition of exceptional research on the question of how to develop safe architectures or goals for artificial general intelligence.


  • July 30th, 2012: Deadline for the proposal of workshops
  • August 31st, 2012: Deadline for paper submissions
  • September 30th, 2012: Notification of paper acceptance or rejection
  • Dec 10th and 11th, 2012: AGI-Impacts Conference


Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford: