The Vulnerable World Hypothesis

@article{Bostrom2019TheVW,
  title={The Vulnerable World Hypothesis},
  author={Nick Bostrom},
  journal={Global Policy},
  year={2019}
}
  • N. Bostrom
  • Published 6 September 2019
  • Political Science
  • Global Policy
Scientific and technological progress might change people’s capabilities or incentives in ways that would destabilize civilization. For example, advances in DIY biohacking tools might make it easy for anybody with basic training in biology to kill millions; novel military technologies could trigger arms races in which whoever strikes first has a decisive advantage; or some economically advantageous process may be invented that produces disastrous negative global externalities that are hard to… 

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