Global Catastrophic Risks

Paperback | October 22, 2011

EditorNick Bostrom, Milan M. Cirkovic

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A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale. In human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region. Advances in technologyare adding dangers of a new kind. It could happen again.In Global Catastrophic Risks 25 leading experts look at the gravest risks facing humanity in the 21st century, including asteroid impacts, gamma-ray bursts, Earth-based natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, generalartificial intelligence, and social collapse. The book also addresses over-arching issues - policy responses and methods for predicting and managing catastrophes. This is invaluable reading for anyone interested in the big issues of our time; for students focusing on science, society, technology, and public policy; and for academics, policy-makers, and professionals working in these acutely important fields.

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A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale. In human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region. Advances in technologyare adding dangers of a new kind. It could hap...

Nick Bostrom, Ph.D., is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, in the James Martin 21st Century School, at Oxford University. He previously taught at Yale University in the Department of Philosophy and in the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Bostrom has served as an expert consultant for the European Commission i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsSir Martin J. Rees: ForewordNick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic: IntroductionI BackgroundFred C. Adams: Long-term astrophysical processesChristopher Wills: Evolution theory and the future of humanityJames J. Hughes: Millenial tendencies in responses to apocalyptic threatsEliezer Yudkowsky: Cognitive biases potentially affecting judgement of global risksMilan M. Cirkovic: Observation selection effects and global catastrophic risksYacov Y. Haimes: Systems-based risk analysisPeter Taylor: Catastrophes and insuranceRichard A. Posner: Public policy towards catastropheII Risks from NatureMichael R. Rampino: Super-volcanism and other geophysical processes of catastrophic importWilliam Napier: Hazards from comets and asteroidsArnon Dar: Influence of Supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, solar flares, and cosmic rays on the terrestrial environmentIII Risks from Unintended ConsequencesDavid Frame and Myles R. Allen: Climate change and global riskEdwin Dennis Kilbourne: Plagues and pandemics: past, present, and futureEliezer Yudkowsky: Artificial Intelligence as a positive and negative factor in global riskFrank Wilczek: Big troubles, imagined and realIV Risks from hostile actsRobin Hanson: Catastrophe, social collapse, and and human extinctionJoseph Cirincione: The continuing threat of nuclear warGary Ackerman and William C. Potter: Catastrophic nuclear terrorism: a preventable perilAli Nouri and Christopher F. Chyba: Biotechnology and biosecurityChris Phoenix and Mike Treder: Nanotechnology as global catastrophic riskBryan Caplan: The totalitarian threatAuthor's biographiesIndex

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`[Provides] a mine of peer-reviewed information on the great risks that threaten our own and future generations.' Nature