Jan 18, 2018

Could science destroy the world? These scholars want to save us from a modern-day Frankenstein

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, existential risks, health, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, science

The dozen people working at CSER itself—little more than a large room in an out-of-the-way building near the university’s occupational health service—organize talks, convene scientists to discuss future developments, and publish on topics from regulation of synthetic biology to ecological tipping points. A lot of their time is spent pondering end-of-the-world scenarios and potential safeguards.

A small cadre of scientists worries that lab-made viruses, AI, or nanobots could drive humans to extinction.

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