Earth is facing more apocalyptic risks than ever before, and governments are failing to tackle them, according to a new report.
Nuclear war, natural pandemics, catastrophic climate change and artificial intelligence are among the biggest dangers, the researchers say.
The report Global Catastrophic Risks, compiled by a team from Oxford University, the Global Challenges Foundation and the Global Priorities Project, looks at threats that could wipe out at least 10 percent of the population.
“Issues that affect ten people do not intuitively seem ten times more important than those that affect one person. Global catastrophic risks are one area where our scope insensitivity might prove the most dangerous,” says Max Tegmark, co-founder of the Future of Life Institute and a physics professor at MIT.
“These risks can’t just be treated as a problem for the future, even though we might well expect them not to ma¬terialise this year or the next.”
The report’s authors are urging the international community to improve planning for pandemics, investigate the possible risks of AI and cut the number of nuclear weapons.
Learn more about the dangers of pandemics, climate change and technology here.