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Existential risk to humanity

Existential risk to humanity

Existential risks are those that threaten the extinction of humanity, or, somewhat more broadly, those “where an adverse outcome would either annihilate Earth-originating intelligent life or permanently and drastically curtail its potential” (Bostrom, 2002). While it has long been widely recognized that global nuclear war and catastrophic climate change have potentially civilization-threatening consequences, it is only in the last decade or two that scholars have begun, in work that is typically highly interdisciplinary, to systematically investigate a broader range of existential risks. The papers in this ebook discuss these issues.


Challenges to the Omohundro—Bostrom framework for AI motivations,Complexity, creeping normalcy and conceit: sexy and unsexy catastrophic risks,Existential risk to humanity,Facing Disaster: The Great Challenges Framework,Food without sun: Price and life-saving potential,Islands as refuges for surviving global catastrophes,Long-Term Trajectories of Human Civilization,Predicting Future AI Failures from Historic Examples,The intelligence explosion revisited,There is plenty of time at the bottom: the economics, risk and ethics of time compression,When Two Existential Risks Are Better Than One

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