How useful is it to think about the end of the world, and the various ways in which humans can become extinct? How much effort should society put into that task? And what can be learned from the history of previous forecasts and warnings about the end of the world?
In this talk, existential risks researcher Phil Torres will will draw from his forthcoming book "Human Extinction: A History of Thinking About the End of the World" to trace the origins and evolution of the idea of human extinction across past centuries.
Phil will argue that, only by understanding this history, can we fully appreciate our current existential predicament and, perhaps, anticipate what’s next. However lucky we were to have survived the Cold War, we may need to be far luckier to survive the twenty-first century.
The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 17th April.
You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast.
As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.
The registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs, such as Zoom licensing. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.
(If you cancel your registration before the start time of the webinar, Zoom will automatically issue a refund for your registration fee.)
For more information about this event and the speaker, see https://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/276135164/