Alexey Turchin (1973) is an author of several books and articles on the topics of existential risks and life extension, and was published in “Futures”, “Acta Astronatutica”, “Informatica”, “AI & Society” journals. He graduated in Moscow State University where he studied Physics and Art History (1997). He is an expert on global risks of Russian Transhumanists Movement from 2007. He translated into Russian around 20 main articles about existential risks by Bostrom, Yudkowsky, Circovich, Kent, Hanson. From 2010 he works in the “Science for Life Extension Foundation” on various topics about life extension and risks prevention. He is a contributing author on IEET. He created several roadmaps about risks of AI and the ways to prevent them. He is the founder of the Digital Immortality Now startup working on the collecting data about a person for the future return of this person to life. He is a member of the advisory boards of IEET, Open Longevity, AI agents, Arch Mission. In 2018 he won one of the prizes in AI Global Challenge race with his article on global solutions on AI safety.



Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Physics department – 1991-1993

Art History department 1993-2000



2008-2010 – Collaboration with the Center of Civilizational Studies, prof. Sledzewsky.

2010-2018 Foundation Science for Life Extension, Moscow, Russia

Project manager, Researcher, Vice-President

2016 – Digital Immortality Now, founder.



2007 – Expert on Global risks in Russian Transhumanist movement

2015 – IEET Global Advisory Board

2018 – Member of the advisory board of Arch Mission




Scientific publications in English:

  1. Turchin, Alexey, and Brian Patrick Green. Aquatic refuges for surviving a global catastrophe. Futures89 (2017): 26-37. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328716303494
  2. Turchin, Alexey, and David Denkenberger. “Global catastrophic and existential risk communication scale.” Futures (2018),  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001632871730112X
  3. Batin, M., Turchin, A., S. Markov., Zhila, A., & Denkenberger, D. (2017). Artificial Intelligence in Life Extension: from Deep Learning to Superintelligence.  Informatica41(4)


  1. Turchin, Alexey, and David Denkenberger. Military AI as a convergent goal of the self-improving AI. In edited volume: Artificial intelligence safety and security, CRC, 2018 https://philpapers.org/rec/TURMAA-6
  2. Turchin, Alexey, and David Denkenberger. “Making a Back Up on the Moon: Surviving Global Risks Through Preservation of Data About Humanity for the Next Earth Civilization”. Acta Astronautica.V.160. May 2018, Pages 161-170.


  1. Turchin, Alexey, and David Denkenberger. Classification of Global Catastrophic Risks Connected with Artificial Intelligence. AI & Society, 2018. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00146-018-0845-5
  2. Turchin A., Green B. Islands as refuges for surviving global catastrophes. Accepted in Foresight. 2018.
  3. Turchin A. Principles of classification of global risks prevention plans. Accepted in Human Prospect.
  4. Turchin A. Risks of downloading alien AI via SETI. Accepted in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.
  5. Seth D. Baum, Stuart Armstrong, Timoteus Ekenstedt, Olle Häggström, Robin Hanson, Karin Kuhlemann, Matthijs M. Maas, James D. Miller, Markus Salmela, Anders Sandberg, Kaj Sotala, Phil Torres, Alexey Turchin, and Roman V. Yampolskiy. Long-Term Trajectories of Human Civilization. Forthcoming in Foresight, DOI 10.1108/FS-04-2018-0037


Scientific articles in Russian:

A.V. Turchin. On the possible causes of the underestimation of risks destruction of human civilization // Problems of risk management and safety: the works of the Institute of Systems Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences. – T. 31. – M .: KomKniga 2007.

A.V. Turchin. Natural disasters and the anthropic principle// Problems of risk management and safety: the works of the Institute of Systems Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences. – T. 31. – M .: KomKniga 2007.pp. 306-332.

A.V. Turchin. The problem of sustainable development and the prospects for global catastrophes // Social studies and the present. 2010. № 1. S. 156-163


Books in Russian

  1. War and 25 other Scenarios of End of the World, M. Europe, 2008.
  2. Structure of the Global Catastrophe, М, URSS, 2010.
  3. Futurology, Moscow, Binom, 2012, together with Michael Batin.


2010 – Humanity Plus, presentation “Risks of SETI”, US

2011 – Singularity Summit, NY, US

2013 – HEALS conference, Brussel, Belgium.

2014 ­– Existential risks and radical futures, presentation “Existential risks: Decades or centuries”

2015 – Deep Knowledge Ventures conference in Hong Kong, presentation: Plan of prevention of global risks.

2015 – Aging by Aubrey de Grey, Santa Clara, US

2016 – London Futurists, presentation: Immortality roadmap and global risk prevention roadmap.

2016 – Conference in CSER

2017 – AI safety Denmark

2017 – Conference of existential risks in Gothenburg, Sweden

2017 – Near-term AI safety conference organiser Moscow; presentation

2018 – Healthy lifespan, Kazan, Russia.



Bio on IEET: https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/bio/turchin/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ru/citations?user=LyRLy0EAAAAJ&hl=en

My presentations: https://www.slideshare.net/avturchin

My preprints: https://philpapers.org/profile/654846

My LessWrong: https://www.lesswrong.com/users/avturchin

My Effective altruism forum posts: http://effective-altruism.com/user/turchin/submitted/

My presentations on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIeH71HlSWqucEJYPUmfeymD-H-pT6CQ2





Russian wiki

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