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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This course is part of the Global Challenges Summer Programme 2020.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

What futures can humanity make possible? We examine the extent to which technological progress can be predicted, examined and influenced, and how the emerging field of longtermism evaluates what futures are desirable and possible. We consider existential threats to humanity, and from humanity to the existence of life. The study of humanity's trajectory must naturally learn from all disciplines, but draws especially on philosophy, computer science and biology.


Course dates

05 Jul 2020 to 18 Jul 2020

Course duration

2 weeks

Apply by

22 Jun 2020

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 6

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