Advisory Board

Steven Umbrello, MSc

Steven Umbrello, MSc, is an academic by nature, and an educator at heart. He has immersed himself in understanding technological ethics and the philosophy of emerging technologies. Through his current research projects with the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is contributing to the research and policy initiatives of these fields of study.

Steven has an interest in the difference between pseudoscience and science as well as what constitutes a scientific explanation. His other focuses revolve around ancient philosophy, particularly the practical philosophy of Stoicism, as well as how Stoicism is and can continue to be used as a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Steven currently serves as the Managing Director at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is also an IEET Advisory Board member.

He also serves as a junior associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute where his primary research and authorship is on atomically precise manufacturing (APM) and other nanotechnology.

His research explores the extent and impact that nanotechnology has on the environment, society, as well as the military and surveillance. Particular emphasis is given to potential governing strategies of APM and how this can be applied to other emerging technologies.

His primary interests revolve around global catastrophic risk including nuclear proliferation and the devastating effects of total nuclear war on civilization.

Currently and in the past, Steven has written for multiple blogs and magazines such as The Diogenes Society, The Smoking Jacket Magazine, Informatica, Between the Species: Journal of Philosophy and Animals, Humanities and Social Science, International Journal of Technoethics, Journal of Stoic Studies, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and The Leather Library Blog. He lives in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada.

Steven studied philosophy of science and technology at the University of Toronto where he earned his Honours Bachelor’s of Art degree in Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Classical Studies in 2016. Steven earned his Master of Science in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind at The University of Edinburgh in 2018. In the same year, he earned his Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies at York University.

He also attended the Brighter Brains Certificate Programs in 2015, where he received his Certificate in Transhumanism and Certificate in Brain Health and Social Policy.

To see the list of all his Publications, Certifications, Courses, Honors and Awards, read his LinkedIn account, his Google Scholar page, and his IEET profile page. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. His latest articles and posts about global risks can be found at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute.