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What is existential risk?

Existential risks, or global catastrophic risks, are risks that could cause the collapse of human civilization. Prominent examples of human-driven global catastrophic risks include but are not limited to:

  1. nuclear war
  2. pandemics, bioterrorism, and other threats related to advances in biotechnology
  3. catastrophic accidents/misuse and other risks related to advances in AI
  4. effects of extreme climate change and environmental degradation


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Intersections, Reinforcements, Cascades

Proceedings of the 2023 Stanford Existential Risks Conference

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