What is the risk of human extinction ?
By T.K. Randall
March 7, 2012 · 30 comments
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As our population grows in excess of seven billion are we really vulnerable to extinction ?
Professor Nick Bostrom seems to think so; he believes that it won't be an asteroid, supervolcano or other natural disaster that will strike a deathblow to mankind, instead it will be our own actions that will kill us. Bostrom has written several papers detailing his views that human extinction risks are both misunderstood and underestimated. "We are doing unprecedented things, and there is a risk that something could go wrong," he said.
Unthinkable as it may be, humanity, every last person, could someday be wiped from the face of the Earth. We have learned to worry about asteroids and supervolcanoes, but the more-likely scenario, according to Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford, is that we humans will destroy ourselves.
Source: The Atlantic
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