Friday, September 13, 2013

Unzoo technology to save the world!

It's a good thing to unzoo your movement and start a personal revolution, but its a great thing to try and unzoo technology and save the world!

I have just found out about a new breed of "unzoo superheroes" that have tasked themselves with addressing some of the key issues stemming from the "zoo" society that most of us live in. I like their approach, and the concern about our extinction as a species will hopefully keep them grounded with a macro view that integrates an evolutionary context.

Yes its big picture, and maybe its low risk, but tell that to the stock broker at Wall Street who was focused on day trading when the Global Financial crisis came and jumped on him!



Some key paragraphs:
"Some of Britain's finest minds are drawing up a "doomsday list" of catastrophic events that could devastate the world, pose a threat to civilisation and even lead to the extinction of the human species".
"Leading scholars have established a centre for the study of "existential risk" to present politicians and the public with a list of disasters that could threaten the future of the world as we know it".
"Many scientists are concerned that developments in human technology may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole," says a statement on the group's website".


"Those of us fortunate enough to live in the developed world fret too much about minor hazards of everyday life: improbable air crashes, carcinogens in food, low radiation doses, and so forth," 
"But we are less secure than we think. It seems to me that our political masters should worry far more about scenarios that have thankfully not yet happened - events that could arise as unexpectedly as the 2008 financial crisis, but which could cause world-wide disruption."


"The wide public is in denial about two kinds of threats: those that we're causing collectively to the biosphere, and those that stem from the greater vulnerability of our interconnected world to error or terror induced by individuals or small groups.
"All too often the focus is parochial and short term. We downplay what's happening even now in impoverished, far-away countries and we discount too heavily the problems we'll leave for our grandchildren."


Check out their website: The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

See the original NZ Herald article here: Can we survive?