Even when biologically speaking humans can live forever, there are still accidents, violence, natural disasters, etc, that can extinguish life.
Each threat is major topic in its own right but its important to keep an eye on them as the bigger the problem the longer it takes to fix it.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Will it help or destroy us?
Climate Change – technology should come up with solutions but I suggest erring on the side of caution for now
Energy – where is it all going to come from to power technogical advances and maybe reverse climate change?
Earth Monitoring – massive monitoring projects to help predict and prevent natural disasters
Natural Disasters – earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami and more
Pandemics – diseases can spread faster than we can produce cures and vaccines
Society – If society doesn’t survive, then you don’t survive… technology giveth, and technology taketh away!
Immortality roadmap – Turchin Alexei’s maps of global catastrophic risks including natural disasters, biological weapons and genetic engineering.
How stars can nudge comets to strike Earth – The Guardian – 31-Aug-2017
A collision with a giant comet would be cataclysmic.
The odds of another such catastrophe have remained uncertain.
Astronomers have performed a risk assessment on the Oort cloud.
19 to 24 stars will come close enough to deflect comets in the next million years.
Not all dislodged comets would hit Earth.
Human Extinction By Insect Robots Likely By Century’s End – The Inquisitr – 21-Mar-2017
A nanoweapon deployed aboard an insect robot could be delivered just about anywhere.
Compared to the 50,000 to 1 chance of being wipe out be an asteroid strike, physicists calculate chance of destruction by nanobots at 20 to 1.
If millions of “smart” nanobots were lost or were free of controlling restraints, they could become an indiscriminate killing force.
Doomsday Clock stuck near midnight – Guardian – 26-Jan-2016
Despite Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris climate change agreement the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock remains unchanged at three minutes to midnight due to threats posed by nuclear war and climate change.
International leaders are failing to perform their most important duty,
In 1991 went back to 17 minutes to midnight after end of cold war.
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’ – BBC News – 19-Jan-2016
Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios.
Science and technology will create “new ways things can go wrong”.
Chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time.
Phil Torres Establishes X-Risks Institute – IEET – 30-Oct-2015
X-Risks Institute to explore issues about the important relationship between advanced technologies and religion.
By 2050 (five years after Kurzweil’s Singularity) more than 60% of human beings alive when will be either Christian or Muslim.
Religious belief and advanced technology are on a collision course and the consequences could be catastrophic.
We May be Systematically Underestimating the Probability of Annihilation – IEET – 27-May-2015
Monsters are out there – unknown unknowns and unintended consequences
News Summary April 2015 – Global Catastrophic Risk Institute – 12-May-2015
* lack of meaningful progress toward disarmament could undermine the Non-Proliferation Treaty
* global warming has already quadrupled the frequency of high temperature extremes
* danger of Ebola spreading beyond West Africa is falling
* 200th anniversary of the Mount Tambora eruption which caused “year without a summer”
The 12 terrifying ways researchers think human civilisation is most likely to end – The Independent – 15-Feb-15
Breaches at UK labs handling potentially deadly diseases – The Guardian – 4-Dec-14
100 safety incidents in 5 years including live anthrax being accidentally posted
Grand Challenge announced by NASA to find all asteroids that threaten significant human populations – one of big ones that we may need to survive however immortal we make our bodies. In fact, the longer we live, the more likely we’ll have to deal with a potential planet killer in our lifetimes.
An UAV Based System for Real Time Flash Flood Monitoring in Desert Environments Using Lagrangian Microsensors – https://controls.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/abstract.pl?ConfID=53&Number=58