What is the greatest threat to humanity? Ethics and Religion Talk

By Rabbi David Krishef For this week’s column, “TS” asks, “Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk (Tesla Motor Company) recently said that artificial intelligence is humanity’s biggest existential threat. What do you think is the greatest threat to humanity?” These are a number of ways that human life on Planet Earth could be significantly impacted or even nearly or completely wiped out. Calculating which of these has the greatest chance of wiping out humanity or which has the greatest chance of happening in the next 100 years is a question for a scientist more than a member of the clergy. However, I sent the question to our panel to see what kind of responses we’d get and then I did some research to see what scientists say. My first thought was that…


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