THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY

Author(s): NICK BOSTROM
nick.bostrom@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Oxford University
Journal: Geopolitics, History, and International Relations
Volume: 1(2) • 2009
Year: 2010
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Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers

Abstract. The future of humanity is often viewed as a topic for idle speculation. Yet our beliefs and assumptions on this subject matter shape decisions in both our personal lives and public policy – decisions that have very real and sometimes unfortunate consequences. It is therefore practically important to try to develop a realistic mode of futuristic thought about big picture questions for humanity. This paper sketches an overview of some recent attempts in this direction, and it offers a brief discussion of four families of scenarios for humanity’s future: extinction, recurrent collapse, plateau, and posthumanity. (pp. 41–78)

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