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Aug 17, 2022

‘Jurassic Park’? Scientists want to resurrect Australia’s Tasmanian tiger

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

Is de-extinction realistic?

Scientists in the US and Australia have announced a multi-million dollar project — resurrecting the extinct Tasmanian tiger. The last known marsupial officially called a thylacine, died in the 1930s. According to the team, the extinct thylacine can be recreated using stem cells and gene-editing technology, and the first one could be “reintroduced” to the wild within 10 years.

We would strongly advocate that first and foremost we need to protect our biodiversity from further extinctions, but unfortunately we are not seeing a slowing down in species loss.

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Aug 17, 2022

Nuclear War Would Cause a Global Famine and Kill Billions, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, military

We might all starve.

Researchers from Rutgers University calculated the possible effects of nuclear wars. The result shows that a nuclear war between countries such as Russia and USA could kill billions and cause starvation within two years.

It also demonstrates that large deficits would arise in imports due to the depletion of crops.

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Aug 17, 2022

Tasmanian tiger: Scientists hope to revive marsupial from extinction

Posted by in category: existential risks

Experts behind the project claim the technology for “de-extinction” already exists, but others are sceptical.

Aug 16, 2022

5 billion people could die due to famine after a nuclear war between the US and Russia

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Aug 16, 2022

The Holographic Principle, Quantum Mechanics, and Simulated Reality (SR)

Posted by in categories: alien life, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk, existential risks, holograms, information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI, singularity, virtual reality

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Aug 16, 2022

The Fermi Paradox: Technological Timebombs

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks

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We often wonder where all the aliens are out in the galaxy, but could it be that the technologies needed to get to space and travel the stars lead to inevitable catastrophe?

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Aug 15, 2022

For 15 Years, America’s Secret Nuclear Launch Codes Were “00000000”

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear weapons

I heard they changed it to 80085.


By Wes O’Donnell Managing Editor, InMilitary.com and InCyberDefense.com. U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Speaker and Veteran Advocate.

Some say that truth is often stranger than fiction. According to a 2004 memo by Dr. Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman missile launch control officer, the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) once intentionally set the launch codes at all Minuteman nuclear missile silos in the U.S. to a series of eight zeroes.

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Aug 11, 2022

We Might Already Speak the Same Language As ET

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, mathematics, quantum physics

Alien communication could utilize quantum physics, so SETI needs a new way to listen.


The Fermi paradox, the “where is everybody?” puzzle, is a persistent question in the search for life in the universe. It asks why, if life is not exceedingly rare in the cosmos, it hasn’t shown up on our doorstep. Equally we might ask why we haven’t even heard from alien life, through radio signals or any other means. A part of the answer could be that our present work on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is actually very limited. Estimates show that we’ve only examined the equivalent of a hot tub of water compared to all the world’s oceans in our combing through the electromagnetic information that rolls in from the cosmos.1

If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person you’ll see this as an opportunity, but the problem is that we don’t actually know what might be filling the glass in the first place. The vast majority of SETI studies look for structure in electromagnetic radiation, whether in amplitude or frequency modulations of radio waves, or regularity in pulses of light, or in multi-wavelength correlations. In other words, we assume that information might be sailing past us in representations built using classical physics. But what if that’s just wrong?

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Aug 8, 2022

Are We Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm?

Posted by in categories: energy, existential risks, satellites

The biggest geomagnetic storm in recorded history happened more than 150 years ago. Now, we’re entering yet another period of solar maximum.


It was just another September night in 1,859 when Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson witnessed a remarkable event. The British astronomers weren’t together, but both happened to be peering at the Sun through telescopes at the precise moment that a massive ejection spewed from the fiery star. Within a few days, others on Earth noticed colorful aurora streaking across the skies and telegraph lines — the advanced technology of the day in Europe and North America — erupting in sparks.

The solar flare came to be known as the Carrington Event, named after one of the two astronomers who first described it. Despite occurring more than 150 years ago, it still stands as the strongest known geomagnetic storm (though we lack measurements to say precisely how big it was).

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Aug 5, 2022

Saving the world one algorithm at a time | The Age of A.I.

Posted by in categories: education, existential risks, food, information science, robotics/AI

Many say that human beings have destroyed our planet. Because of this these people are endeavoring to save it through the help of artificial intelligence. Famine, animal extinction, and war may all be preventable one day with the help of technology.

The Age of A.I. is a 8 part documentary series hosted by Robert Downey Jr. covering the ways Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networks will change the world.

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