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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:29 PM

The research aims to provide a complete list of threats capable of bringing about the end of the world.

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Among the most prominent threats are disasters such as an asteroid impact, an outbreak of incurable disease and the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse. Other scenarios include cyber-attack, a genetically engineered super virus or even the idea of computers becoming self-aware, a concept explored in numerous science fiction movies including \"The Terminator\" and \"The Matrix\".

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:55 PM

I guess that is why you should embrace every day...ya never know when check out time is coming!

1) Pandemics/Biological war
2) Nuclear war
3) Space rock doom
4) Super Volcano doom
5) EMP doom (man made)
6) Solar flare/CME doom
7) Sentient computer doom


There's lots of possible doom...might as well enjoy life and not be overwhelmed by the slim chance it's coming anytime soon

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:02 PM

Well, in my humble opinion, the list has infinite possibilities.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:19 PM

I like the thought of computers becoming self aware.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:21 PM

I don't think numbers 5 and 6 on the above list are really possible, and they are all pretty damn unlikely.  Still, enough unlikely things added together can add up, so we should identify hazards and do what we can to study and mitigate them.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

View PostTarnibritan, on 15 September 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

I like the thought of computers becoming self aware.
I doubt its going to happen; there is it seems a qualitative difference between us and computers.  Computers will continue to get more and more powerful without that line being crossed until we come to understand our own sentience and ability to be mindful.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:39 PM

Humans will survive somehow, cause we are incredibly clever and adaptable.

And I don't think we can really prepare for doomsday, cause the scenarios are unlimited really....if something happens we'll just have to try to survive any way we can.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:56 PM

that's what gets me. the article says that the public is in denial, but what exactly am i, as a member of said public, supposed to do about these things? sit, paralysed in helpless fear? because i can manage that, but not much else, i think.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:57 PM

View Postpatagonianhorsesnake, on 15 September 2013 - 06:56 PM, said:

that's what gets me. the article says that the public is in denial, but what exactly am i, as a member of said public, supposed to do about these things? sit, paralysed in helpless fear? because i can manage that, but not much else, i think.

LOL, you make me laugh.
Maybe just be 'generally' prepared for something to happen.

Oh, and in the above list, they forgot to add 'Zombie Apocalypse'.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:00 PM

I wouldn't rule out number 7 totaly as we don't know how computers will turn out in the future. Isaac Asimov's Multivac, which I presume was borrowed and renamed Skynet for the Terminator films, is not going to happen  tomorrow, but after tomorrow we simply don't know.

Zombie apocalypse seems probable, after all, I walk around town sometimes and It seems to be already happening

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:00 PM

I think Zombie Apocalypse is unlikely, unless everyone goes bathsalt crazy?


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:02 PM

View PostEver After, on 15 September 2013 - 07:00 PM, said:

I think Zombie Apocalypse is unlikely, unless everyone goes bathsalt crazy?

Well, I have watched World War Z twice already...so I'm prepared!
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:03 PM

I think quite a bit has already been done.  Objects that might collide with the earth are being found and followed, potential super-volcanoes are being watched, and the worst threat -- nuclear annihilation -- has diminished a lot with the end of the cold war (China and Vietnam are still communist countries and China has an unfortunate and unneeded nuclear program, but the only real Communist threat left is N. Korea (if such a hereditary monarchy can be called Communist).

If the Iranians persist, something will have to be done and almost certainly will be, although I suspect the Chamberlains of the world (and this board) will be upset that things were done to stop nuclear war.

Global warming could break out in ways we don't expect and end up with a runaway greenhouse effect that renders us extinct.  That possibility is being studied and we need to be aware of it and not in denial.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:41 AM

how are computers going to become self aware when they are no smarter than the people that input information...that makes no sence


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:05 AM

View PostAggie, on 15 September 2013 - 07:02 PM, said:



Well, I have watched World War Z twice already...so I'm prepared!
lol

You should give the book a try. Id lend my copy but I don't think I can throw that far.

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