LSE Future of Humanity Summit

LSE Future of Humanity Summit
Event Date
Online (Free)

This event examines the most fundamental question about the future of humanity – our long-term survival.

Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Sachs, Toby Ord, Joan Rohlfing, Stuart Russell, Sir Neil Ferguson, Lord Martin Rees, Max Tegmark, Baroness Dido Harding, Juergen Braunstein Jaan Tallinn, David Wood, Jade Leung, Andrew Pollard, and more to be announced.

Hosted in partnership with the Global Policy journal and the LSE Alumni Association, the Summit will survey different forms of ‘existential risk’ from those that are familiar to the public such as climate change and nuclear weapons to those which emerge out of less familiar places such as artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. In addition, the event provides an overview of strategies that are essential to X-Risk mitigation, which may have profound effects on how we advance as a civilization.

The event will be held on Zoom and also live streamed to the event's Facebook page.

Please see here for more information.

There is be four panels:


▶ 10:00-10:30 UTC • Introduction to the Summit

▶ 11:00-13:00 UTC • The Near-Far Problem: Surviving Climate Change

▶ 13:30-15:30 UTC • Looking Past COVID-19: Natural and Engineered Pandemics

▶ 16:00-18:00 UTC • Rage Against the Machine: The Perils of AI

▶ 18:30-20:30 UTC • Safeguarding Humanity: Towards Existential Security

▶ 20:40-20:50 UTC • Information Session: FHI Research Scholars Programme with Max Daniel

▶ 21:00-21:30 UTC • Keynote Address: Daniel Ellsberg


The Summit, cognizant of the fact that a truly interdisciplinary set of threats merits a truly interdisciplinary response, shall host some of the world’s most preeminent experts on epidemiology, artificial intelligence, and climate change.

Anyone, on or off Facebook, can attend the Summit on this event page, via Facebook Live. Further details are included in the post in the 'discussion' section of this event.