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This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction

 
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This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
The crazy man walking down the city street holding a sign that reads “The end is near” might just have a point.

A team of mathematicians, philosophers and scientists at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute say there is ever-increasing evidence that the human race’s reliance on technology could, in fact, lead to its demise.

The group has a forthcoming paper entitled “Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority,” arguing that we face a real risk to our own existence. And not a slow demise in some distant, theoretical future. The end could come as soon as the next century.

"There is a great race on between humanity’s technological powers and our wisdom to use those powers well," institute director Nick Bostrom told MSN. "I’m worried that the former will pull too far ahead."

There’s something about the end of the world that we just can’t shake. Even with the paranoia of 2012 Mayan prophecies behind us, people still remain fascinated by the potential for an extinction-level event. And popular culture is happy to indulge in our anxiety. This year alone, two major comedy films are set to debut (“The World’s End” and “This is the End”), which take a humorous look at the end-of-the-world scenarios.

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next century my ass, i give it less than a year
WTF? better call mommy
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Re: This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
I've always wondered...

Changes that leads to increased reproductive success (fitness) is called "evolution".

Changes that lead to decreased reproductive success is just a "mutation.".

If all this intelligence we've evolved results in our demise, then it really isn't something we've "evolved", it was actually a malignant mutation. The intelligence actually harmed our species.

So if it leads to our downfall, and the creatures that didn't "evolve" our intelligence continue to survive, then we as humans are actually less evolved than they are. Cockroaches and rats and such are more evolved, because their evolutions worked. Ours didn't.

It's interesting to think about. Very humbling to think we're "less evolved" and less "fit" than the things we call vermin.

(PS I know I'm not using the words evolution and mutation as a biologist might, but they were the only words I could think to use and I think you could probably get the point. :)

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Re: This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
I've always wondered...

Changes that leads to increased reproductive success (fitness) is called "evolution".

Changes that lead to decreased reproductive success is just a "mutation.".

If all this intelligence we've evolved results in our demise, then it really isn't something we've "evolved", it was actually a malignant mutation. The intelligence actually harmed our species.

So if it leads to our downfall, and the creatures that didn't "evolve" our intelligence continue to survive, then we as humans are actually less evolved than they are. Cockroaches and rats and such are more evolved, because their evolutions worked. Ours didn't.

It's interesting to think about. Very humbling to think we're "less evolved" and less "fit" than the things we call vermin.

(PS I know I'm not using the words evolution and mutation as a biologist might, but they were the only words I could think to use and I think you could probably get the point. :)
 Quoting: KonspiracyKitty


insightful!
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next century my ass, i give it less than a year
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Rome didn't fall in a day...

Ill give it 2-4 years! ohno

For some reason i dont think you need a bunch of people with Harvard degrees to tell you that we are leading the way to destroying ourselves. Its quite evident if you just look around.
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Re: This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
I've always wondered...

Changes that leads to increased reproductive success (fitness) is called "evolution".

Changes that lead to decreased reproductive success is just a "mutation.".

If all this intelligence we've evolved results in our demise, then it really isn't something we've "evolved", it was actually a malignant mutation. The intelligence actually harmed our species.

So if it leads to our downfall, and the creatures that didn't "evolve" our intelligence continue to survive, then we as humans are actually less evolved than they are. Cockroaches and rats and such are more evolved, because their evolutions worked. Ours didn't.

It's interesting to think about. Very humbling to think we're "less evolved" and less "fit" than the things we call vermin.

(PS I know I'm not using the words evolution and mutation as a biologist might, but they were the only words I could think to use and I think you could probably get the point. :)
 Quoting: KonspiracyKitty


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IDK, I'll just wait and see.

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doubt it, the world isnt that lucky
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Re: This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
The crazy man walking down the city street holding a sign that reads “The end is near” might just have a point.

A team of mathematicians, philosophers and scientists at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute say there is ever-increasing evidence that the human race’s reliance on technology could, in fact, lead to its demise.

The group has a forthcoming paper entitled “Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority,” arguing that we face a real risk to our own existence. And not a slow demise in some distant, theoretical future. The end could come as soon as the next century.

"There is a great race on between humanity’s technological powers and our wisdom to use those powers well," institute director Nick Bostrom told MSN. "I’m worried that the former will pull too far ahead."

There’s something about the end of the world that we just can’t shake. Even with the paranoia of 2012 Mayan prophecies behind us, people still remain fascinated by the potential for an extinction-level event. And popular culture is happy to indulge in our anxiety. This year alone, two major comedy films are set to debut (“The World’s End” and “This is the End”), which take a humorous look at the end-of-the-world scenarios.

more link.
[link to news.yahoo.com]
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Thank God. We're now guaranteed another 1000 years or so at least.
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Re: This is the End: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction
I've always wondered...

Changes that leads to increased reproductive success (fitness) is called "evolution".

Changes that lead to decreased reproductive success is just a "mutation.".

If all this intelligence we've evolved results in our demise, then it really isn't something we've "evolved", it was actually a malignant mutation. The intelligence actually harmed our species.

So if it leads to our downfall, and the creatures that didn't "evolve" our intelligence continue to survive, then we as humans are actually less evolved than they are. Cockroaches and rats and such are more evolved, because their evolutions worked. Ours didn't.

It's interesting to think about. Very humbling to think we're "less evolved" and less "fit" than the things we call vermin.

(PS I know I'm not using the words evolution and mutation as a biologist might, but they were the only words I could think to use and I think you could probably get the point. :)
 Quoting: KonspiracyKitty


insightful!
 Quoting: Tethered Soul


Indeed.


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