Technological Wild Cards: Existential Risk and a Changing Humanity

In The Next Step: Augmented Humans and Exponential Life. BBVA Open Mind, 28 March 2017.

15 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2019

Date Written: October 5, 2016

Abstract

Humanity has always faced threats to its global survival, such as asteroid impacts and supervolcanoes. Yet now the greatest risks we face may be a result of our own scientific and civilizational progress. We are developing technologies of unprecedented power, such as nuclear weapons and engineered organisms. We are also wiping out species, changing the climate, and burning through the earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate as the global population soars. However, the coming century’s breakthroughs in science and technology will also provide powerful solutions to many of the greatest challenges we face.

Keywords: artificial intelligence, climate change, global population, existential risk, global catastrophic risk, systemic risk

Suggested Citation

Ó hÉigeartaigh, Seán, Technological Wild Cards: Existential Risk and a Changing Humanity (October 5, 2016). In The Next Step: Augmented Humans and Exponential Life. BBVA Open Mind, 28 March 2017.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3446697

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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