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Existential Risk

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IDPW06 - Future pandemics

Three trends
enhance the probability of global catastrophes


First, the
rising global population, more demanding of energy and

resources, leads to novel anthropogenic pressures on the

climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc .

Second, the
greater interconnectedness of our civilisation allows

pandemics to rapidly cascade globally, and enhances our
vulnerability to

breakdown in supply chains, financial networks, etc .

Third, novel
technologies—bio, cyber and AI —empower small groups

with the ability (via error or terror) to cause massive
(even global)

disruption. Coping with this threat presents a challenge
to governance: it

will become ever harder to sustain the three goals of
offering all citizens

privacy, security and freedom.

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