Summary of x-risks?

post by jackmalde · 2019-06-04T09:50:35.301Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA · GW · 6 comments

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Is there a summary of x-risks anywhere? E.g. description of severity of x-risk if not averted, probability of x-risk, tractability, neglectedness, organisations working on specific x-risks etc. etc.



answer by HaukeHillebrandt · 2019-06-04T21:14:21.806Z · score: 14 (4 votes) · EA · GW

John Halstead at Founders Pledge has written an excellent, accessible, yet in-depth report on x-risks, which you can find at:

comment by jackmalde · 2019-06-05T16:51:10.698Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Brilliant, thank you

answer by bdixon · 2019-06-04T13:12:28.705Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, lots. A good book is Global Catastrophic Risks by Bostrom and Circovic. The first chapter is available from Bostrom's website as a PDF. The website 80, has a problem profile page. And Toby Ord is working on a new book. He mentions it in his 80k podcast interview, and recommends the book 'The End of the World' by John Leslie. Also Phil Torres publishes on this, and has just started at CSER, who also have a big research agenda.

comment by jackmalde · 2019-06-05T16:54:15.625Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks! Although I was under the impression some x-risks may not cause extinction but simply 'significantly curtail humanity's progress' or other words to that effect

comment by Denkenberger · 2019-06-07T07:15:55.213Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

That's right - you can see more discussion here. That's why nuclear war and extreme climate change can be considered existential risks.

comment by Sean_o_h · 2019-06-05T10:04:19.057Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Quick clarification - Phil Torres is an academic visitor with CSER for the term, rather than staff. But Bdixon is correct that Phil has published extensively and comprehensively on this. Thanks!


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