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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2030 ET Numerology

The reason I launched my “Race to 40!” challenge on May 25th instead of May 26th is that I specifically wanted 32 days to accomplish the challenge. It was important for me that the timeframe to achieve my goals should be thirty-two days and not thirty-one days or 1 month. Why “32”? What is the significance?

The significance has to do with numerology. A character in my 2030 ET story has a fascination with numbers. The character is Solomon Raind, the father of the protagonist, Arthur Raind.

The very unique property of the number “32” is that it is the sum of the first three primes to the power of themselves. Read the post to find out more about what this means according to Solomon Raind!

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