Anders Sandberg (born July 11, 1972, in Solna, Sweden) is a researcher, science debater, futurist, transhumanist, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.
Sandberg's research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as on assessing the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. His recent contributions include work on cognitive enhancement (methods, impacts, and policy analysis); a technical roadmap on whole brain emulation; on neuroethics; and on global catastrophic risks, particularly on the question of how to take into account the subjective uncertainty in risk estimates of low-likelihood, high-consequence risk.
He is well known as a commentator and participant in the public debate about human enhancement internationally, as well as for his academic publications in neuroscience, ethics, and future studies.
He is co-founder of and writer for the think tank Eudoxa, and is a co-founder of the Orion's Arm collaborative worldbuilding project. Between 1996 and 2000 he was Chairman of the Swedish Transhumanist Association. He was also the scientific producer for the neuroscience exhibition "Se Hjärnan!" ("Behold the Brain!"), organized by Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, the Swedish Research Council and the Knowledge Foundation, that toured Sweden in 2005–2006. In 2007 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University, working on the EU-funded ENHANCE project on the ethics of human enhancement.
Sandberg is also an accomplished and inventive electronic artist, whose renderings have been adapted to a number of covers for books by fellow futurist Damien Broderick: The Dreaming, Earth is But a Star, The Judas Mandala, Skiffy and Mimesis, Uncle Bones, Warriors of the Tao, and xyzt.
Experiments on self
Sandberg has admitted to using cognitive enhancers such as modafinil and found its use beneficial. He also revealed to have carried out sequencing of his own genome and seemed open to share some of its findings.
- Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom (2006): Converging Cognitive Enhancements, Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1093:201-227
- Anders Sandberg, Nick Bostrom (2008): Whole Brain Emulation: A Roadmap Technical Report #2008‐3, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
- Toby Ord, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Anders Sandberg (2008): Probing the Improbable: Methodological Challenges for Risks with Low Probabilities and High Stakes
- Orion's Arm, the early years
- The dope on mental enhancement New Scientist, 11 November 2011
- Talent is unfair, and genes can’t be used to change that The Conversation, 01 November 2013