Global Catastrophic Risks

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Nick Bostrom, Milan M. Cirkovic
OUP Oxford, Jul 3, 2008 - Science - 576 pages
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A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale. In human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region. Advances in technology are adding dangers of a new kind. It could happen again. In Global Catastrophic Risks 25 leading experts look at the gravest risks facing humanity in the 21st century, including natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, general artificial intelligence, and social collapse. The book also addresses over-arching issues - policy responses and methods for predicting and managing catastrophes. This is invaluable reading for anyone interested in the big issues of our time; for students focusing on science, society, technology, and public policy; and for academics, policy-makers, and professionals working in these acutely important fields.

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User Review  - IronMike - LibraryThing

GCR (Global Catastrophic Risks) is a real page-turner. I literally couldn't put it down. Sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night with the book open on my chest, and the lights on, and I'd ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rhodes Hileman - Goodreads

Best collection of global risk analysis yet. Generally cogent detailed arguments on 21 separate risk types. For anyone concerned about the future, this volume is a must. Read full review

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