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12 Risks that threaten human civilisation

“This report has, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, created the first list of global risks with impacts that for all practical purposes can be called infinite. It is also the first structured overview of key events related to such risks and has tried to provide initial rough quantifications for the probabilities of these impacts.

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 focus is not on the almost unimaginable impacts of the risks the report outlines. Its fundamental purpose is to encourage global collaboration and to use this new category of risk as a driver for innovation.

The idea that we face a number of global risks threatening the very basis of our civilisation at the beginning of the 21st century is well accepted in the scientific community, and is studied at a number of leading universities. But there is still no coordinated approach to address this group of risks and turn them into opportunities.

The 12 global risks that threaten human civilisation are:

Current risks

1. Extreme Climate Change

2. Nuclear War

3. Ecological Catastrophe

4. Global Pandemic

5. Global System Collapse

Exogenic risks

6. Major Asteroid Impact

7. Supervolcano

Emerging risks

8. Synthetic Biology

9. Nanotechnology

10. Artificial Intelligence

11. Uncertain Risks

Global policy risk

12. Future Bad Global Governance”

12 Risks Report

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