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Sep 10, 2022

Slowing of continental plate movement controlled the timing of Earth’s largest volcanic events

Posted by in categories: biological, climatology, existential risks

Scientists have shed new light on the timing and likely cause of major volcanic events that occurred millions of years ago and caused such climatic and biological upheaval that they drove some of the most devastating extinction events in Earth’s history.

Surprisingly, the new research, published today in Science Advances, suggests a slowing of continental plate movement was the critical event that enabled magma to rise to the Earth’s surface and deliver the devastating knock-on impacts.

Earth’s history has been marked by major volcanic events, called large igneous provinces (LIPs)—the largest of which have caused major increases in atmospheric carbon emissions that warmed Earth’s climate, drove unprecedented changes to ecosystems, and resulted in mass extinctions on land and in the oceans.

Sep 8, 2022

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, existential risks

An excellent article rebutting some of common negative reactions to the idea of de-extinction. I applaud George Church, Ben Lamm, and colleagues for their efforts to leverage the genomics revolution to recreate the wooly mammoth and the Thylacine. These represent exciting steps for repairing damaged ecosystems. Such approaches will also most likely have the side benefit of generating new technologies for biomedical applications. I’d love to see similar de-extinction efforts addressing loss of insect and microorganism biodiversity as well! #biotech #future #crispr #techforgood


When mammoths disappeared from the Arctic some 4,000 years ago, shrubs overtook what was previously grassland. Mammoth-like creatures could help restore this ecosystem by trampling shrubs, knocking over trees, and fertilising grasses with their faeces.

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Sep 8, 2022

Elon Musk wanted to back out of Twitter deal because of World War III. Here’s what the lawyers said in court

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, law

Musk texted a Morgan Stanley banker, two weeks after he publicly announced his intent to buy Twitter.

The potential of World War III appears to be a reason why the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, wanted to call off his buyout offer for Twitter, Business Insider.


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Sep 8, 2022

Martin Ciupa — AI Superintelligence, The Singularity & Neuralink

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, neuroscience, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

https://www.timventura.com — Martin Ciupa discusses the existential risks and unintended consequences of AI superintelligence and the Singularity, along with concerns about AI augmentation through Neuralink. We also explore the philosophical underpinnings of The Singularity and how it fulfills a long-standing human need for transcendence in a technologically advanced society.

Martin Ciupa is a subject matter expert on artificial intelligence. Martin is the CEO of Remoscope Inc, an AI-based Telehealth startup, and an advisor & consultant to Mindmaze, a Unicorn Neurotech company focuses on applying advanced neuroscience to everyday life. Martin has decades of experience in computing and artificial intelligence, PhD studies in AI, and a Master’s Degree in Cybernetics. He joins us today to discuss AI Superintelligence and the Singularity.

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Sep 8, 2022

10 Seconds to the Future | Mutation | Free Documentary

Posted by in categories: education, existential risks, genetics, health, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, space travel

2077 — 10 Seconds to the Future — Mutation | Science Documentary.

2077 — 10 Seconds to the Future | Global Estrangement: https://youtu.be/CTOduDIkcdM

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Sep 6, 2022

Humans are the First Aliens. Here’s Why

Posted by in categories: evolution, existential risks, information science

Where are all the aliens?! This is the essence to the Fermi Paradox. It’s most popular solution is the “Great Filter.” What is the obstacle that life and/or intelligent species are unlikely to survive? Let’s discuss.

00:00 Cold Open.
00:18 Introduction.
00:48 History of the Fermi Paradox.
02:48 Fermi Paradox Explained.
03:55 Drake Equation Explained.
07:04 The Great Filter.
09:56 Rare Earth Hypothesis.
10:53 Geologic Time in Galactic Years.
14:48 Evolution of Intelligent Life.
17:03 Conclusions.
19:11 Poll Results.
19:47 Outro.
20:10 Featured Comment.

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Sep 4, 2022

Scientists use crime-scene techniques to identify asteroid collision sites

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

The findings could revolutionize how we study potential collisions.

Asteroids pass by our planet all the time and even sometimes land here, causing much devastation. Understanding how often these kinds of impacts happened in the past and how they influenced the environment both then and today is crucial to protecting Earth.

Now, new research published by the Estonian Research Council on Friday has shown that analyzing bodies of organisms killed by an impact of asteroids can teach us how much damage occurs at the spot of such a cosmic collision.

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Aug 31, 2022

Opinion One potential side effect of AI? Human extinction

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

With all our global instability and still-nascent grasp on tech, adding in ASI would be lighting a match next to a fireworks factory.

Aug 31, 2022

Preventing an AI-related catastrophe

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

Why do we think that reducing risks from AI is one of the most pressing issues of our time? There are technical safety issues that we believe could, in the worst case, lead to an existential threat to humanity.

Aug 31, 2022

Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, existential risks

Circa 2016 This gives more exacting detail of the Tasmanian devils resistance to cancer.


A recently emerged infectious cancer has caused the near extinction of the Tasmanian devil, but some populations persist. Here, Epstein et al. provide evidence for possible resistance via rapid evolution in two genomic regions that contain cancer-related immune response genes.

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