Natural Pandemics, Extreme Warfare – Most Serious Threats Faced by Humanity

The researchers of the Global Challenges Foundation have ranked the most dangerous threats facing our civilization according to probability. The likeliest risks include nuclear war and pandemics (both natural and deliberately engineered), followed by disasters stemming from runaway climate change, geoengineering run amok, and disruptions posed by artificial intelligence. Global Catastrophic Risks 2016 The report, entitled Global Catastrophic Risks 2016, also included low-probability — but high impact —events, like asteroid impacts and supervolcanic eruptions. The authors defined Global Catastrophic Risk as a “risk of events or processes that would lead to the deaths of approximately a tenth of the world’s population, or have a comparable impact.” These dangers are qualitatively distinct from existential risks, which are severe enough to wipe out all human life from the planet. “The global catastrophic risks in this report can be divided into two categories. Some are ongoing and could potentially occur in any given year,”…


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