Pontus Strimling

Associate Professor, Economics

I am a research leader at the Institute for Future Studies, on the theme “New Technologies and the future of humanity”, and assistant manager at the Centre for Cultural Evolution.

I am a methodically broad researcher of social science who investigates how culture changes. At the moment I am actively working on how AI will influence society in the coming 15 years and why values and norms change.

In my work I focus on changes of patterns on a societal level depending on large quantities of individual events. Examples of central variables that my explanations are based on are: what governs purchasing decisions, what behaviours are most likely to be punished or what arguments lie behind different values. With a starting point in these events on an individual level, I make mathematical models that predict societal changes such as changes in the public opinion, or which AI applications that are being spread. 

Talk to me about: Artificial Intelligence, Tomorrow’s social norms, Technology diffusion

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Digital@Idag: Så påverkar A.I. oss redan idag (Swedish)

My home page (English)

Why we need research on AI impact now (English)


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Emma Engström

PhD, Environmental Modeling, MSc Engineering Physics, BSc Political Economics

I defended my PhD thesis on predictive modeling of groundwater contamination at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED), KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in 2015. During my PhD studies I spent a year as a Fulbright visiting student researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. I have also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Systems Analysis and Economics, KTH, and as a research scientist at Folksam Insurance Group in Stockholm.

My previous studies regard discrete car type choice models and the impact of climate policys in Sweden, as well as transport externalities such as traffic risks, health effects of air pollution, and models to predict the transport and diffusion of contaminants.

At the Institute for Futures Studies I study Artificial Intelligence (AI); the ambition is to develop methods to predict the diffusion of AI-applications with the overall aim of better understanding their social impacts.

Talk to me about: Topic, topic, topic

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AI as a societal phenomenon (Swedish)

AI – Next step (Swedish)


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Karim Jebari

PhD, Philosophy

I am a researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies. I defended my doctoral thesis in December 2014 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). My thesis is about applied ethics and in particular how we should relate to the risks and opportunities of technological innovation.

I am interested in issues related to political philosophy, bioethics and the philosophy of science. My main interests right now are the risks and possibilities associated with AI, global catastrophic risks and humanity’s long-term future.

Talk to me about: Transhumanism, Rational philanthropy, Existential risks

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The social impact of AI – Inspirations on what to explore and how to avoid the hype (English)


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Niels Selling

PhD, Political Science

In 2018, I obtained my Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute (EUI). In my current project – “Firms as Political Activists: The Scope and Nature of Corporate Political Responsibility” – I explore corporate lobbying on issues pertaining to cultural diversity, environmentalism, lifestyle choices, nationalism, and immigration.

My research interests focus on corporate political activity, business power, political economy, and elites. I am interested in how large corporations and powerful individuals shape political outcomes and what makes them tick, politically.

Talk to me about: lobbying on AI, corporate political values, big tech, politics and policy related to AI


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Irina Vartanova

PhD, Psychology

In my research, I use survey data, such as World Values Survey, to study social norms and their change in different cultures. At the Institute, I work with Pontus Strimling and Kimmo Eriksson on a project in which we explain moral opinion change by what type of arguments are used in favour or against certain moral position. I specialize in applying advanced statistical and computational methods in social research.



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Olle Häggström

Professor, Mathematical Statistics

I am a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and a board member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

My main research is in theory of statistics and in statistical mechanics. In recent years I have broadened my research interests and work for instance with applied statistics, philosophy, climate science, artificial intelligence and social consequences of future technologies.

Talk to me about: AI ethics, AI risk, artificial general intelligence, superintelligence and existential risk

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Häggström Hävdar (English/Swedish)

Here Be Dragons (English)

Our Future With AI means large opportunities and large risks (Swedish)


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Björn Lundgren

PhD, Philosophy

I am a researcher affiliated with the Institute for Futures Studies. Currently, I am working at Umeå University on a project on AI and ethics.

I finished my PhD in 2018, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). My dissertation concerned ethical and epistemical challenges in the information society. My research is primarily about information, information security, privacy, anonymity, and AI-technology.

At the Institute, I am currently leading a project on ethical and societal aspects on self-driving vehicles, funded by Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration). The project ends this year. Previously, I’ve also been involved in two EU projects on AI and robotics (SHERPA and SIENNA), through University of Twente.

Talk to me about: Privacy, Anonymity, Autonomous Vehicles, Epistemic and Informational aspects of AI-technology, the Control problem.

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DN Debatt. ”Ändra lagen så att företagen bär risken för lånebedrägerier” (Swedish)

De bortglömda etiska problemen med självkörande bilar (Swedish)


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