HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Science » Science (Group) » Mega-risks that could dri...

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:57 AM

Mega-risks that could drive us to extinction

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22534-megarisks-that-could-drive-us-to-extinction.html

Mega-risks that could drive us to extinction

17:26 26 November 2012 by Andy Coghlan

The end is not nigh, but it could be unless we constrain our own technological ingenuity. That's the warning from an initiative in Cambridge, UK, that wants to create a centre to focus on huge, technological hazards that could wipe out the human race at a stroke.

These dangers would include robots that escape our control, nuclear war, doomsday plagues designed in laboratories, and devastation from climate change triggered by human activity.

"We're talking about threats to our very existence stemming from human activity," says Martin Rees, a professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. Along with Cambridge philosopher Huw Price and Jaan Tallinn, inventor of Skype, he has founded the Cambridge Project for Existential Risk.

Rees says we focus too much on tiny risks that are widespread, such as trace contaminants in food, and too little on massive, one-off risks that could wipe us out. To counteract this, Rees, Price and Tallinn are proposing creating a Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge.

<snip>

4 replies, 773 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply Mega-risks that could drive us to extinction (Original post)
bananas Dec 2012 OP
Javaman Dec 2012 #1
jeff47 Dec 2012 #2
Javaman Dec 2012 #3
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #4

Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:16 AM

1. +5 degree C is an extinction event.

and that is what we are facing as a race.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Javaman (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:31 PM

2. No, it really isn't.

Lots of humans will die, yes. Lots of plants and animals may go extinct.

But not every human will die.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to jeff47 (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:49 AM

3. Oh thanks for the clarification



I'm so glad we will still be around to refuck the planet 10,000 years from now.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:29 AM

4. They should call it the Department of Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread