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HAT Forum: Will Mankind's intelligence and technology be beneficial or disastrous in the long term?

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Topic: Will Mankind's intelligence and technology be beneficial or disastrous in the long term?

Is humanity a danger to itself? Will we survive into the distant future?

What if anything is the greatest existential Threat to humanity? A.I? synthetic biology? Nuclear war? Disease/pandemic? climate change? Something Else? anything?

The Fermi Paradox is the idea that maybe we do not see evidence of other civilizations due to the fact they end up going extinct after a time.
Do you think our Intelligence, technology and Civilization are a hindrance or a help to our long term survival?

Some People have made the claim That it is not resources we lack but knowledge. In the "Character of physical Law" series of lectures Richard Feynman Laments our lack of Knowledge. He mentions the amount of energy in the ocean and points out it is unavailable to us, as we have no idea how to use it.

How many Cities equivalent to New York could we power if we knew how to harness all the energy of the ocean?

Ocean 80000 Twh per year

New York's years energy consumption for 2009: 60,000 Gwh

Is our ignorance a hindrance to our survival?

Mankind has been predicting doom for Millennial. The earliest written record is from Zoroastrianism in 500 BC claiming the world will end after 10 hundred winters.
We have survived much: The Last Glacial Period (Ice Age), Pandemics (The Black Death).
Are the current warnings of danger (A.I., Climate Change) just an ongoing part of human nature and culture?

Earlier Event: August 13
HAT Forum: Epistemology
Later Event: August 27
HAT Forum: Humanism and the HAT