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The Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight. The sixth mass extinction is here, say Stanford researchers. Cumulative vertebrate species recorded as extinct or extinct in the wild by the IUCN (2012) (conservative estimate) (credit: Gerardo Ceballos et al.

The sixth mass extinction is here, say Stanford researchers

/Science Advances) There is no longer any doubt: we are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence. That’s the conclusion of a new study by a group of scientists including Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Ehrlich and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation' - Futurism. Synopsis AI and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as risks that threaten humanity in a report by the Global Challenges Foundation.

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation' - Futurism

Summary. Should I Be Afraid of the Future? About Geophysical disasters, global warming, robot uprising, zombie apocalypse, overpopulation and last but not least the end of the Mayan calendar... humanity faces many threats!

Should I Be Afraid of the Future?

Will we survive the end of this year? And if we do, what's next lurking around the corner? What is science fiction, what is science fact? 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive: Scientific American. Doomsday Clock hands remain unchanged, despite Iran deal and Paris talks. Experts at National Press Club Joined by Stanford University Panel of CA Governor Brown, Former Secretary of State George Schultz and Former Defense Secretary William Perry.

Doomsday Clock hands remain unchanged, despite Iran deal and Paris talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. & STANFORD, CA. – January 26, 2016 – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board announced today that the minute hand of its closely watched Doomsday Clock will remain at three minutes to midnight, since recent progress in the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord “constitute only small bright spots in a darker world situation full of potential for catastrophe.” Available in PDF format, the statement accompanying the Doomsday Clock decision opens with the following words: “Three minutes (to midnight) is too close. Far too close.

THE DOOMSDAY clock has been moved to three minutes to midnight. According To A Nasa Funded Study, We're Pretty Much Screwed. Our industrial civilization faces the same threats of collapse that earlier versions such as the Mayans experienced, a study to be published in Ecological Economics has warned.

According To A Nasa Funded Study, We're Pretty Much Screwed

The idea is far from new, but the authors have put new rigor to the study of how so many previous societies collapsed, and why ours could follow. Lead author Mr Safa Motesharrei is no wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. Motesharrei is a graduate student in mathematics at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation-supported institution, and the research was done with funding from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA Models Predict Total Societal Collapse: "Irreversible" The end of the world as we know it is coming.

NASA Models Predict Total Societal Collapse: "Irreversible"

You’ve likely heard this before, especially from the growing number of voices in the alternative news and preparedness communities. Often dismissed as conspiracy theory or outright lunacy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests these fringe thinkers may well be on to something. Despite assurances from most political leaders, experts and researchers who argue that we live in a stable and sustainable world, a new study utilizing mathematical models developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center may confirm our worst fears. According to the Socio Economic Synthesis Center, which led the study’s research team and was made up of well respected natural and social scientists from various U.S. -based universities, society as it exists today is decades, perhaps just years, from a complete collapse of our way of life. New Study Suggests The World Is On The Brink Of The Next Great Extinction. Just as we all die, all species eventually go extinct.

New Study Suggests The World Is On The Brink Of The Next Great Extinction

However, the rate of extinction varies dramatically, and a new estimate suggests we are currently running at 1000 times the normal rate. This rate of extinction is only seen in the fossil record after incredibly dramatic and unusual occurrences, such as huge asteroid strikes or supervolcano eruptions. End of civilization. The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence. In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come.

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, called existential risks, that threaten to wipe out humanity. These risks are not just for big disasters, but for the disasters that could end history. Not everyone has ignored the long future though. 5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed.

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end. The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of. Every year, the online magazine Edge--the so-called smartest website in the world, helmed by science impresario John Brockman--asks top scientists, technologists, writers, and academics to weigh in on a single question.

The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of

This year, that query was "What Should We Be Worried About? ", and the idea was to identify new problems arising in science, tech, and culture that haven't yet been widely recognized. FLI - Future of Life Institute. Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world? 7 Best-Case Scenarios for the Future of Humanity.

“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic – Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t (2007) One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth.

“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic – Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t (2007)

He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at. Dalai lama on tragedy. Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity.

“I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” said Stephen Hawking. “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon…” said Elon Musk. So why are some of the world’s greatest minds and some of the world’s best entrepreneurs considering the potential rise of super-smart artificial intelligence – aka the technological singularity, as one of the world’s greatest threats?! Top 10 Reasons We Should NOT Fear The Singularity. Some people fear flying. Others fear sky diving. 10 Reasons an Artificial Intelligence Wouldn't Turn Evil. Awesome post.. I'm now more afraid of having my limbs chopped off, despite your skilled arguments against such a fate. Some general thoughts on the matter.

AI Has Arrived, and That Really Worries the World's Brightest Minds. On the first Sunday afternoon of 2015, Elon Musk took to the stage at a closed-door conference at a Puerto Rican resort to discuss an intelligence explosion. This slightly scary theoretical term refers to an uncontrolled hyper-leap in the cognitive ability of AI that Musk and physicist Stephen Hawking worry could one day spell doom for the human race. That someone of Musk’s considerable public stature was addressing an AI ethics conference—long the domain of obscure academics—was remarkable.

But the conference, with the optimistic title “The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges,” was an unprecedented meeting of the minds that brought academics like Oxford AI ethicist Nick Bostrom together with industry bigwigs like Skype founder Jaan Tallinn and Google AI expert Shane Legg. Musk and Hawking fret over an AI apocalypse, but there are more immediate threats.

Click to Open Overlay Gallery. Stephen Hawking Says A.I. Could Be Our 'Worst Mistake In History'. Stephen Hawking Thinks These 3 Things Could Destroy Humanity. Bill Gates: We Should All Be Afraid of AI Wiping Out Humanity. Elon Musk Spooked Out by A.I. Artificial intelligence really spooks out Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Elon Musk: AI is ‘potentially more dangerous than nukes’ Steve Wozinak: Computers Are Going to Take Over from Humans. Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem. The robots will rise, we’re told. The machines will assume control. Why a superintelligent machine may be the last thing we ever invent. "...why would a smart computer be any more capable of recursive self-improvement than a smart human? " I think it mostly hinges on how artificial materials are more mutable than organic ones.

We humans have already already developed lots of ways to enhance our mental functions, libraries, movies, computers, crowdsourcing R&D, etc. But most of this augmentation is done through offloading work onto tools and machinery external to the body. But to actually change the brain itself has been very slow going for us. Scientists warn the rise of AI will lead to extinction of humankind. (NaturalNews) Everything you and I are doing right now to try to save humanity and the planet probably won't matter in a hundred years.

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation' - Futurism. Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence? Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence will not kill us all. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are worried the human race might be replaced by robots. Robot Revolution: Will machines surpass humans? Risk of robot uprising wiping out human race to be studied. Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so… Controversy Brews Over Role Of ‘Killer Robots’ In Theater of War.