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Murray Shanahan is a Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London,[1] in the Department of Computing. He researches artificial intelligence, robotics, and cognitive science.

Murray Shanahan
Alma materImperial College London Cambridge University
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
InstitutionsImperial College London DeepMind


Shanahan was a scientific advisor for the 2014 film Ex Machina.[2] He is on the external advisory board for the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and is on the six-person ethics board for Texan startup Lucid.AI.[3]

Popular science booksEdit

In 2015, Shanahan published The Technological Singularity, which runs through various scenarios following the invention of an artificial intelligence that makes better versions of itself and rapidly outcompetes humans.[4] The book aims to be an evenhanded primer on the issues surrounding superhuman intelligence.[5] Shanahan takes the view that we do not know how superintelligences will behave: whether they will be friendly or hostile, predictable or inscrutable.[6]


  1. ^ "How to make a digital human brain". Fox News. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "AI: will the machines ever rise up?". The Guardian. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The biggest mystery in AI right now is the ethics board that Google set up after buying DeepMind". Business Insider. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Autumn's science books weigh up humanity's future options". New Scientist. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ 2015 Library Journal review of The Technological Singularity by Murray Shanahan. "This evenhanded primer on a topic whose significance is becoming increasingly recognized ought, as per its inclusion in this series, to receive wide exposure."
  6. ^ Sidney Perkowitz on The Technological Singularity and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, LA Review of Books, February 18, 2016