Dr Stephen Cave is Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, where he leads a team of researchers across five programmes on the nature and impact of AI, and oversees the Masters in AI Ethics and Society. His own research is in philosophy of technology, in particular critical perspectives on AI, robotics and life-extension.
He is the author of Immortality (Crown, Penguin Random House, 2012), a New Scientist book of the year, and Should We Want To Live Forever (Routledge, forthcoming 2022); and co-editor of AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022).
Stephen has also written essays and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from robot warriors to animal rights. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired and others. He is also a regular public speaker – his TED talk has been viewed over two million times – and contributor to radio and television, including for the BBC, PBS, CBC, and National Geographic and many others.
In addition to his research and writing, he has served in the British Diplomatic Service and advised a range of governmental and international bodies.