X-risks library

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The library consists of mostly free copies of all most important books and articles on existential risks prevention. It is divided on two parts: main reading, which include all must read, and additional reading which include many other useful things. Download e-books and save the world! Updates are welcome. Copyright should not apply to items of which human existence is depending.

 

Main reading

 

John LESLIE

The End Of The World.

The science and ethics of human extinction. 1996

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Martin REES

Our Final Hour.

A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in This Century— On Earth and Beyond. 2003

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Richard A. POSNER

Catastrophe. Risk and Response, Oxford, 2004

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Global Catastrophic Risks

Edited by Nick Bostrom Milan M. Cirkovic

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Bill JOY

Why the future doesn’t need us. Wired. 2000.

Wired

 

Nick BOSTROM

Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards. 2001

pdf

 

Elieser YUDKOWSKY

Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk. To appear in Global Catastrophic Risks, Oxford University Press, 2007.

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Elieser YUDKOWSKY

Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgment of Global Risks. To appear in Global Catastrophic Risks, Oxford University Press, 2007.

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Colin MASON 

The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe.

 

Ray KURZWEIL

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology; 2005.

 

Ray KURZWEIL

The Age of Spiritual Machines. When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

 

Additional reading

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Anders Sandberg, Jason G. Matheny, and Milan M. Ćirković

How can we reduce the risk of human extinction?

 

P.D Smith

Doomsday Men – Cobalt Bomb, a chapter

 

 

Vernor Vinge

“Rainbow ends”, a novel

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Alexey Turchin

Risks of human extinction in the 21 century

 

Alexey Turchin

Is SETI dangerous?

 

Alexey Turchin

The possibility of artificial fusion explosion of giants planets and other objects of Solar system.

 

Alexey Turchin

Why anthropic principle stops to defend us.

Observation selection and fragility of our environment.

 

Decades or centuries – timeframe of the risks of human extinction

 

Center of responsible nanotechnology (CRN)

Dangers of Molecular Manufacturing

http://www.crnano.org/dangers.htm

 

By Mike Treder and Chris Phoenix

Nanotechnology and Future WMD

 

Robert A. Freitas Jr.

Molecular Manufacturing: Too Dangerous to Allow?

 

Robert A. Freitas Jr.

Some Limits to Global Ecophagy

by Biovorous Nanoreplicators,

with Public Policy Recommendations

 

Seth BAUM

Double catastrophe: Intermittent stratospheric geoengineering induced by societal collapse

Adaptation to and recovery from global catastrophe

 

Thomas D. Vandermolen, USN

«Molecular Nanotechnology and National Security»

http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj06/fal06/vandermolen.html

 

Mike Treder

War, Interdependence, and Nanotechnology.

http://www.futurebrief.com/miketrederwar002.asp

 

Stephen M. OMOHUNDRO

The Basic AI Drives

Self-Aware Systems, Palo Alto, California

http://selfawaresystems.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/ai_drives_final.pdf

 

Yudkowsky, Eliezer

Creating Friendly AI 1.0

The Analysis and Design of Benevolent Goal Architectures

 

 

Anthony BERGLAS

Artificial Intelligence Will Kill Our Grandchildren

http://berglas.org/Articles/AIKillGrandchildren/AIKillGrandchildren.html

 

Whitby, B.R. and Oliver K.

‘How to Avoid a Robot Takeover: Political and

Ethical Choices in the Design and Introduction of Intelligent Artifacts’

AISB-00 Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and (Quasi-) Human

Rights.

 

Nick BOSTROM

WHY I HOPE THE SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE FINDS NOTHING

http://www.nickbostrom.com/extraterrestrial.pdf

 

 Nick BOSTROM

How Unlikely is a Doomsday Catastrophe?

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0512204

 

Nick BOSTROM

Dinosaurs, Dodos, Humans?

 

Jason G. MATHENY

Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction

 

Robin HANSON

Catastrophe, Social Collapse, and Human Extinction

 

James J. HUGHES, Ph.D.

Millennial Tendencies in Response to Apocalyptic Risks,

Global Catastrophic Risks, ed. Nick Bostrom

 

Milan Circovic

Physical eschatology.

 

Milan Circovic

Human Extinction Risks In The Cosmological And Astrobiological Contexts

 

Milan Circovic

Evolutionary Catastrophes and the Goldilocks Problem.

 

Milan Circovic

The anthropic principle and the duration of the cosmological past

 

Corey S. Powell

20 Ways the World Could End

 

Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_extinction

 

Lifeboat Foundation

http://lifeboat.com

 

Jon Roland

Nuclear Winter and Other Scenarios, 1984.

http://www.pynthan.com/vri/nwaos.htm

 

Michael RICHMOND

Will a Nearby Supernova Endanger Life on Earth?

http://www.tass-survey.org/richmond/answers/snrisks.txt

 

Neil Gehrels, Claude M. Laird, Charles H. Jackman, John K. Cannizzo, Barbara J. Mattson, Wan Chen.

Ozone Depletion from Nearby Supernovae

. http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/astro-ph/0211361

 

H. CLARK*, W. H. MCCREA† & F. R. STEPHENSON‡

“Frequency of nearby supernovae and climactic and biological catastrophes”.

Nature 265: 318–319. Retrieved on 2007-02-01.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v265/n5592/abs/265318a0.html

 

J.Collar

Biological Effects of Stellar Collapse Neutrinos

 

Adrian L. Melott, Brian C. Thomas, Daniel P. Hogan, Larissa M. Ejzak

Climatic and Biogeochemical Effects of a Galactic Gamma-Ray Burst

 

Did The Solar System Bounce And Kill Off The Dinosaurs.

As we pass through the densest part of the plane, gravitational forces from the surrounding giant gas and dust clouds dislodge comets from their paths.

 

M. Napier,_ J. T. Wickramasinghe2 and N. C. Wickramasinghe.

Extreme albedo comets and the impact hazard

 

Adrian L. Melott, Brian C. Thomas, Daniel P. Hogan, Larissa M. Ejzak

Climatic and Biogeochemical Effects of a Galactic Gamma-Ray Burst

 

Melott, B. Lieberman, C. Laird, L. Martin, M. Medvedev, B. Thomas

Did a gamma-ray burst initiate the late Ordovician mass extinction?

 

 

Richard A. CARRIGAN, Jr.

The Ultimate Hacker:

SETI signals may need to be decontaminated

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

 

 

Phil BERARDELLI

A Bang, a Whimper, and Another Bang?

About possible activation of the black hole in the centre of our galaxy

 

Galactic Drift and Mass Extinction

http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=1378

 

Adrian KENT

A critical look at risk assessments for global catastrophes

 

What is the probability of the Large Hadron Collider destroying the universe?

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/06/what-is-the-pro.html#comments

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/06/la-602-vs-rhic.html#more

 

Primordial black holes and asteroid danger

http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.3119

 

Katja Grace

SIA filter is ahead

 

SAGAN, Carl & Ostro

“Long-Range Consequences of Interplanetary Collisions”, Issues in Science and Technology Vol X (Number 4))

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3622/is_199407/ai_n8718929

 

 

9/26 is Petrov Day

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/09/926-is-petrov-d.html?cid=97871372#comment-97871372

 

Alan ROBOCK

New studies of climatic consequences of regional nuclear conflict

 

Valery Kharnauhov

Role of the Biosphere in the Formation of the Earth’s Climate:

The Greenhouse Catastrophe.

 

Arctic news blog about runaway global warming

 

Lewis DARTNELL

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

 

Ron ROSENBAUM

The Return of the Doomsday Machine?

 

Joshua Knobe, Ken D. Olum and Alexander Vilenkin, Volume 57, Number 1, March 2006 , pp.

Philosophical Implications of Inflationary Cosmology

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00001149/00/cosmology.pdf

 

Vaclav SMIL

Global Catastrophes and Trends

The Next Fifty Years

 

Peter WARD

 

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