Stephen is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy and a Fellow of Hughes Hall.
He was born in Cornwall, in the beautiful but rainy Southwest of England, back in the days when Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan were topping the charts. After a decade studying and teaching philosophy, he was awarded his PhD in metaphysics from the University of Cambridge in 2001. He then spent another decade making ends meet as a diplomat, negotiating international treaties on behalf of Her Majesty.
On leave from the Diplomatic Service, he subsequently spent some years writing and raising his three daughters in Berlin. His internationally acclaimed book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, was published in English and other languages in spring 2012. He has also written essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights, for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Wired and many others. And he has appeared on radio on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Deutschlandradio, NPR; and on television on PBS, CBC, National Geographic and elsewhere.
Stephen took up the position of Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence in July 2016, and now divides his time between Cambridge and Berlin.