What could drive humans to extinction?

27 July 2020
by Emma Bryce

Sabin Roman and Luke Kemp were interviewed for a Live Science article.

"What if human extinction was less a cinematic scenario, and instead, a looming reality? That might seem like a sensational question, but in fact, dozens of researchers around the world spend their days grappling with this very possibility, and how we might avoid it. 

Their task isn't easy. There are multiple theories around what might ultimately cause human extinction — everything from alien invasions to catastrophic asteroid strikes. But among those investigating this question, there's a general consensus that some risks to human life are more plausible than others. In the field, researchers have a name for these: They call them "existential risks." What follows here is just a sampling — a few of the risks that researchers have at the top of their minds."

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