November 21, 2018
Technology may provide the solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns – but if we’re not careful, it could also bring about the downfall of humanity, a new paper warns.
The paper titled The Vulnerable World Hypothesis investigates the possibility of the emergence of technology that is both destructive on a large scale, and easy to access.
While humankind has already created technology that has the potential for mass devastation, such as nuclear weaponry, such developments have been limited by a number of factors, including cost and rarity of the materials required to make them.
But, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, that’s only because we’ve been ‘lucky’ thus far.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:07 am