Global Catastrophic Risks

Global catastrophic risks are those which pose a threat to humanity which is sufficiently large that they might undermine the potential of human civilization to thrive. They are often quite low probability, but have sufficiently large impacts that they are important to consider. We include risks from catastrophic forms of climate change, nuclear war, natural and engineered pandemics, or catastrophic disruption from unprecedented technologies like artificial intelligence. Global catastrophic risk cascades, or particularly extreme global catastrophic risks pose an existential risk. These are particularly concerning.

Our work includes:

  • Developing domain-specific suggestions for risk reduction.
  • Building enabling systems for international risk reduction cooperation.
  • Building an academic community around global catastrophic risk reduction.