And not just any academic types. The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk has been formed, and it includes the likes of Stephen Hawking. But the group’s Sean O'Heigeartaigh told KTRH it'll be a while before they announce any kind of results.
“It’ll be a couple of years. We’re in the early stages. We’re raising funds and hope to be hiring our team sometime next year,” O'Heigeartaigh explained.
So what will the group be studying?
“With every passing decade we develop powerful technologies that could either deliberately or by accident be a major threat to us,” O'Heigeartaigh said.
The group will be looking to see if we are developing weapons or other technologies (including biological threats) that could wind up wiping us out. Houstonian Megan Hurwitt appeared on the TV show ‘Doomsday Preppers’ and has some advice for the group.
“It’s never too early to start focusing your attention on having plans to deal with emergency situations,” Hurwitt said.
And Hurwitt has some advice for the group.
“Be flexible. Think outside the box. Creative thinking is the necessity of invention,” Hurwitt explained.
O'Heigeartaigh says the group will try to figure out which risks actually could happen and which ones should be dismissed as science fiction.