Resources & reading
The following sources provide an introduction to issues of catastrophic risk, including those associated with a variety of human technologies.
Things by us
- Astronomer Royal on science, environment and the future a speech by Martin Rees at the British Science Festival in Newcastle on September 12.
- Earth in its final century? A TED talk by Martin Rees.
- Our Final Century? (2003) and From Here to Infinity (2011) — books by Martin Rees.
- Denial of catastrophic risk. An editorial in Science (8 March 2013) by Martin Rees.
- AI — Can we keep it in the box? A brief introduction to the issues in the case of AI, with links to further reading, by Huw Price and Jaan Tallinn.
- The Intelligence Stairway. A public lecture by Jaan Tallinn at Sydney Ideas, July 2012 (introduced by Huw Price).
- Cambridge, Cabs and Copenhagen: My Route to Existential Risk. Huw Price in the New York Times.
- Life as we know it. Max Tegmark at Edge.
Things by others
- Why the future doesn’t need us. A classic and controversial piece by Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
- Catastrophe: Risk and Response (2005). An important book by Richard Posner — “worth the price of the book simply for Posner’s lively and readable summary of the apocalyptic dystopias that serious scientists judge to be possible” (Washington Post).
- Omens. An excellent recent profile of the work of Nick Bostrom and his colleagues at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford.
- Why we should think about the threat of artificial intelligence. A good article by Gary Marcus, Professor of psychology at New York University.
[To be continued]