Apocalypse Now

by | Apr 27, 2017


“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice” – Robert Frost

What are the biggest risks facing humanity?  There’s no way to know for sure – time will tell.  However, a number of academic groups, think tanks and government agencies have laid out their best guesses.  One group, the “Centre for the Study of Existential Risk” at the University of Cambridge has laid out what they believe to be the top risks facing the planet and humanity. Here we go:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Global Pandemic
  3. Nuclear War
  4. Extreme Climate Change
  5. Asteroid Impact
  6. Actually – we’re all living in a simulation
  7. Food Shortages cause Mass Starvation
  8. A Particle Accelerator Could Trigger a Reaction that Would Change the Composition of Matter and Destroy the Universe
  9. A Tyrannical Leader Undermines Global Stability

Have a nice day

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: http://cser.org/research/areas/

Here’s the entire Robert Frost poem “Fire and Ice”:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


  1. so what is the answer? I am very uncomfortable not knowing how this turns out. Spencer

  2. Happy Thursday precedes Physics Friday!

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