Global Catastrophic and Existential Risks

The Wikipedia page on “global catastrophic risks” has the following definition: “A global catastrophic risk is a hypothetical future event that has the potential to damage human well-being on a global scale. Some events could cripple or destroy modern civilization. Any event that could cause human extinction is also known as an existential risk.” Another definition from the “Global Challenges Foundation” is any risk that can eliminate 10% of the population. No points for guessing what percentage of the population dies in an existential risk.

Arthur Raind is particularly concerned about four risks in 2030, two existential and two catastrophic: 1) super-intelligent AI, 2) engineered pandemics, 3) severe climate change, and 4) food scarcity (caused by ocean ecology collapse).

What do you think are the most significant risks that humankind needs to prepare for over the next 15 years?

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Arthur's Mirror Image

Another Concept Art Sketch for my 2030 ET Novella

Hint: do not close your browser till you read all the way to the end of the post. There is a surprise at the end that you do not want to miss!

This week I reveal the second sketch produced for my 2030 ET project. The sketch portrays the central protagonist, Arthur Raind, standing in front of the liquid metal mirror in his training room. Arthur is suspicious that someone or something is living in his mirror so decides to give it a poke with his diamond-edged sword to find out! I don’t want to reveal much more as it may spoil your reading experience.

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2030 ET Silhouette

A Surprise: Early Concept Art for my 2030 ET Novella

Today I have the pleasure of revealing to you a surprise with regards to my 2030 ET novella project. I’ve been keeping this surprise under wraps for two months. Apart from a very few (i.e. less than 10) close friends and family members, I’ve told no one about this. It’s been a struggle, not spilling the beans, as I am so excited about the surprise 🙂

Ladies and gents, without further delay, I would like to introduce you to the first sketch produced by a professional illustrator for 2030 ET.

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