Call for Papers

Call for Papers: ‘Impacts and Risks of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI Impacts)’

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 as a pdf file (your full paper should be submitted only after the abstract has been accepted). We currently foresee a slot of 30 minutes each for 12 submitted papers. A selection of papers 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 (AGI). The winner will be decided by a jury from the Institute and announced by Louie Helm at the end of the AGI Impacts conference.

It is awarded in honor of Alan Turing, who not only discovered some of the key ideas of machine intelligence, but also grasped its importance, writing that “…it seems probable that once [human-level machine thinking] has started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… At some stage therefore we should have to expect the machines to take control…” The prize is awarded for work that not only increases awareness of this important problem, but also makes technical progress in addressing it.


  • August 31st, 2012: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • September 30th, 2012: Notification of paper acceptance or rejection
  • December 10th and 11th, 2012: AGI-Impacts Conference
  • February 28th, 2013: Deadline for full paper submission for publication

Organisers: Programme on the Impacts of Future TechnologyOxford Martin SchoolUniversity of Oxford.