Threats to humanity


explosion.jpg The other day an article popped into my mailbox that caught my eye – Killer Military Robots Post Latest Threat to Humanity, Experts Say – in which a number of leading experts are sounding the alarm about the new machines with artificial intelligence that are being built to kill. More dangerous than the fact that our governments are building them, apparently, is the possibility that terrorists (or other bad guys) will similarly utilize the technology once the government develops it and then it’s only a matter of time before “suicide bombings” are carried out by machines. Deadly, deadly…. which of course we know innately… I mean, doesn’t anyone remember The Matrix? Talk about a parable against creating robot wars.

Anyhow, since this is the “latest” threat to humanity, I thought to do a quick Google search to determine what are considered other “credible” threats to humanity at the moment. (Credible is in quotations because what is credible to one group of crackpots is not necessarily sound to another). So the list is ordered by where terms positioned in the search – it surprises me somehow that Bird Flu came up before Climate Change – but there you have it.

  • Bird Flu
  • Climate Change
  • Nuclear Arms Race
  • America’s Ignorance
  • Terror
  • The War on Terror
  • Threats to soil and water
  • Culture
  • The Y-Chromosome
  • Global Warming
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Humanity itself
  • Overpopulation
  • Resource Depletion
  • Sex preselection (by conceiving parents)
  • Science/Medicine
  • Google
  • Current economic system
  • Islam
  • Atheism
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Malaria
  • Threat of Genocide
  • War (general and specific wars)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Privatization
  • Disordered lifestyles (that would be non-fundamentalist Christian)
  • Human-animal Transgenisis and Chimeras

I apologize now to all my neurotic friends out there – I’m sure this list will just give you more apocalyptic visions – but really, better to be prepared than not, yes? You never know when a Chimera might bring you down in a dark alleyway after all.

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