What Questions Should We Ask Speakers at the Stanford Existential Risks Conference?

post by kuhanj · 2021-04-10T00:51:55.289Z · EA · GW · 2 comments

As announced earlier [EA · GW], the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative is running a conference on existential risks, on April 17th and 18th. (If you’d still like to apply, you have until April 12th to do so, at our conference website.) 

Since we want to ask speakers questions that are useful for people seeking to mitigate existential threats, and since many of these people are active on this forum, we’d love to hear your suggestions/requests on what questions we should ask our speakers.


In case you’re wondering why we aren’t asking for questions for all speakers listed on our website, the speakers not listed below are giving talks. There will be a platform to ask questions about their talk (and other questions) on Swapcard, the conference platform we’ll be using.

We’ll be hosting Q&As/fireside chats with the following people:

If there are any questions you’d like to have us ask to any of the above speakers, please write an answer to this post listing both the speaker and the question. If you like someone else’s proposed question, please upvote it.

Thank you!

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comment by tamgent · 2021-04-10T14:08:45.135Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

To what extent do you think the field of risk management is applicable to x-risks, and where is it most lacking? 

comment by evelynciara · 2021-04-10T08:10:45.515Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
  • What are some "obscure" existential risks that we should look more into?
  • What's the biggest x-risk and why is it bigger than the others?