Odyssey: Terminal Visions—Thinking About the End of the World

Every society has had its doomsday myths. But with the arrival of increasingly potent technologies and a fuller understanding of the Earth's tumultuous history, a long list of natural and anthropogenic catastrophic and existential threats looms in the human future: global nuclear war, runaway climate change, asteroidal collisions, super-volcanic eruptions, designer plagues, and uncontrolled artificial super intelligence. How serious are these threats, and what can be done to avert them? What do such terminal scenarios imply about modern progress and the place of intelligent life in the cosmos?

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