Global Challenges Foundation

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Global Challenges

12

Artificial Intelligence

Ecological Catastrophe

Risks that threaten human civilisation Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Climate Change

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Climate Change

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Ecological Catastrophe Future Bad Global Governance

Artificial Nanotechnology Intelligence Global Pandemic

Ecological Catastrophe Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Super-volcano

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

Global Pandemic

Global System Collapse

Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

Global Pandemic

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

Global Pandemic

Global System Collapse

Major Asteroid Impact

Artificial Ecological Intelligence Catastrophe

Extreme Nanotechnology Climate Change

Future Bad Nuclear War Global Governance

Global Super-volcano Pandemic

Global System Synthetic Collapse Biology

Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Super-volcano

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Executive Summary Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Super-volcano

Artificial Synthetic Intelligence Biology

Extreme Unknown Climate Change Consequences

Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Super-volcano

Synthetic Biology

Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Global System Collapse

Major Asteroid Impact

The case for a new risk category

Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

Global Pandemic

Artificial Intelligence

Ecological Catastrophe

Nanotechnology

Nuclear War

Super-volcano

Synthetic Biology

Unknown Consequences Ecological Catastrophe

Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Climate Change

Future Bad Global Governance

The Global Challenges Foundation works to raise awareness of the greatest threats facing humanity. In particular climate change, other environmental damage and political violence, and how these threats are linked to poverty and the rapid growth in global population. These problems appear insurmountable without an international body with decision-making mandate. The Foundation is therefore working to identify possible solutions and models as to how the United Nations can develop, and initiate new ideas on working global governance.

Contents - Introduction - 12 Global risks - The goals of the report - Report structure - A new category of global risk - Infinite impacts and thresholds - Methodology - Quick overview of each risk - Relations between global risks - The technical difficulty of reducing the risk and the difficulty of collaboration - Uncertainties - Probability - Possible ways forward

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Introduction

Introduction

This is the executive summary of a report about a limited number of global risks that pose a threat to human civilisation, or even possibly to all human life. With such a focus it may surprise some readers to find that the report’s essential aim is to inspire action and dialogue as well as an increased use of the methodologies used for risk assessment. The real f