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 catastrophes and existential threats loom in the future: global nuclear war, runaway climate change, asteroidal collisions, super-volcanic eruptions, designer plagues, and uncontrolled artificial super intelligence. How serious are these threats? What can be done to avert them? What do such terminal scenarios suggest about modern progress and the place of intelligent life in the cosmos?

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