Existential risk

An existential risk is one that threatens the entire future of humanity. More specifically, existential risks are those that threaten the extinction of Earth-originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development.

Anthropogenic risks are those that would be the result of human activity, and natural risks are those that would be caused by nature. There could also be risks from alien civilizations.

The Open Philanthropy Project with Good Venture is one of the main founders in this space as can be seen in their grant database.


The Future of Life Institute offers the Future of Life Award to individuals that help prevent existential risks (source).


Main focus:


List of existential risks

Technological x-risks:

Other anthropogenic x-risks:

Natural x-risks:


Broad interventions

Technologies that could potentially mitigate various existential risks:

Related concepts

See also

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