Mathematics & Science » Existential Risks
Existential risks are events that could potentially, by their immediate or long-term effects, lead to the end of humans and/or life of planet Earth. Serious research is being conducted on this topic at several universities, including at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford, and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risks in Cambridge.
The scenarios most often considered as existential risks involve nanotechnology, superintelligent AI, wars, pandemics, nuclear power, and terrorism. At Five Books, we try to interview as many experts as possible on those important issues, but also sometimes cover them from the angle of fiction, by discussing apocalyptic novels, or even zombies; Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road is often recommended.