Hu­man extinction

TagLast edit: 24 Jun 2022 0:17 UTC by Pablo

Human extinction is the destruction of all members of the species Homo sapiens.

In Toby Ord’s typology, human extinction constitutes one of the three main types of existential catastrophe.[1]

Further reading

Bostrom, Nick (2003) Human extinction, in Paul Demeny & Geoffrey McNicoll (eds.) Encyclopedia of Population, New York: Macmillan Reference, pp. 340–342.

Bostrom, Nick (2013) Existential risk prevention as global priority, Global Policy, vol. 4, pp. 15–31.

Brauner, Jan & Friederike Grosse-Holz (2018) The expected value of extinction risk reduction is positive, Effective Altruism Forum, December 9, section 1.3.

Cotton-Barratt, Owen, Max Daniel & Anders Sandberg (2020) Defence in depth against human extinction: prevention, response, resilience, and why they all matter, Global Policy, vol. 11, pp. 271–282.
Identifies three defence layers against extinction, corresponding to successive stages in the progression of risk.

Matheny, Jason Gaverick (2007) Reducing the risk of human extinction, Risk Analysis, vol. 27, pp. 1335–1344.
A paper exploring the cost-effectiveness of extinction risk reduction.

Ord, Toby (2020) The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Rees, Martin J. (2003) Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in This Century—on Earth and Beyond, New York: Basic Books.

Related entries

existential catastrophe | existential risk | Great Filter | long-term future

  1. ^

    Ord, Toby (2020) The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, fig. 5.2.

How bad would hu­man ex­tinc­tion be?

arvomm23 Oct 2023 12:01 UTC
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Can a ter­ror­ist at­tack cause hu­man ex­tinc­tion? Not on priors

Vasco Grilo2 Dec 2023 8:20 UTC
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Can a war cause hu­man ex­tinc­tion? Once again, not on priors

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Not all x-risk is the same: im­pli­ca­tions of non-hu­man-descendants

Nikola18 Dec 2021 21:22 UTC
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Ar­gu­ments for Why Prevent­ing Hu­man Ex­tinc­tion is Wrong

Anthony Fleming21 May 2022 7:17 UTC
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Prevent­ing hu­man extinction

Peter Singer19 Aug 2013 21:07 UTC
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Ex­tinc­tion risk re­duc­tion and moral cir­cle ex­pan­sion: Spec­u­lat­ing sus­pi­cious convergence

MichaelA4 Aug 2020 11:38 UTC
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“Ex­is­ten­tial Risk” is badly named and leads to nar­row fo­cus on as­tro­nom­i­cal waste

freedomandutility22 Aug 2022 20:25 UTC
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Things usu­ally end slowly

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AGI Catas­tro­phe and Takeover: Some Refer­ence Class-Based Priors

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We Should Give Ex­tinc­tion Risk an Acronym

Charlie_Guthmann19 Oct 2022 7:16 UTC
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Prob­a­bil­ity of ex­tinc­tion for var­i­ous types of catastrophes

Vasco Grilo9 Oct 2022 15:30 UTC
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Longter­mism, risk, and extinction

Richard Pettigrew4 Aug 2022 15:25 UTC
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For­mal­iz­ing Ex­tinc­tion Risk Re­duc­tion vs. Longtermism

Charlie_Guthmann17 Oct 2022 15:37 UTC
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[Question] Why can’t we ac­cept the hu­man con­di­tion as it ex­isted in 2010?

Hayven Frienby9 Jan 2024 18:02 UTC
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