GLOBAL CATASTROPHIC RISKS

NICK BOSTROM

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 technology are 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, general artificial 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom is Professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute.  He also directs the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre. Professor Bostrom is the author of the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence (Oxford University Press, 2014), and he is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent technological thinkers in the world today. 

 

Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy and is the author of some 200 publications...Read More

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