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Global Catastrophes

Our Final Invention: Is AI the Defining Issue for Humanity?

Seth Baum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Seth Baum

Humanity today faces incredible threats and opportunities: climate change, nuclear weapons, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and much, much more. But some people argue that these things are all trumped by one: artificial intelligence.

Winding up the Global Spring of Planetary Catastrophe

Mark Boslough | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Mark Boslough

I was always taught that if you don't know how something works, you shouldn't mess with it. The Earth's climate represents a wonderfully complex dynamical system that we do not fully understand.

When Global Catastrophes Collide: The Climate Engineering Double Catastrophe

Seth Baum | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Seth Baum

It could be difficult for human civilization to survive a global catastrophe like rapid climate change, nuclear war, or a pandemic disease outbreak. But imagine if two catastrophes strike at the same time.

Global Catastrophes in Perspective

Mark Boslough | Posted 02.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Boslough

The probability of impact by one of these before the end of the century is 0.0005 percent. On the other hand, recent research suggests a 2 percent probability of global catastrophe from anthropogenic climate change by the end of this century.