Be prepared: asteroids, robots and deadly viruses could kill millions

Governments are failing to properly prepare for a wave of catastrophic threats to humanity such as the rise of robots and ‘off-the-shelf’ deadly viruses, scientists argue. Super volcanoes, asteroid strikes and nuclear war are also threats that could wipe out swathes of humanity and are more likely to occur than many realise, according to researchers at Oxford University. Their report, Global Catastrophic Risks, ranks dangers that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population. “There is no reason to think that humans are the pinnacle of creation and the best thing that is possible to have in the world” Sebastian Farquhar, director at Global Priorities Project It warns that while most generations never experience a catastrophe, the possibility of such an event is far from fanciful, as…


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