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13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

Business Insider UK Logo By Sam Shead of Business Insider UK | Slide 1 of 14: <p> Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter.</p><p> Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) are specifically focusing on how best to mitigate risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.</p><p> Haydn Belfield, an academic project manager at CSER, told Business Insider that he and his peers are looking at risks associated with artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the environment, and to a lesser degree, natural risks.</p><p> "These are 'Global Catastrophic Risks' - defined as those that could kill at least 10% of the global population, or cause equivalent damage," he told Business Insider.</p><p><strong>Here's a roundup of the areas they're focusing on:</strong></p>

Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter.

Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) are specifically focusing on how best to mitigate risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.

Haydn Belfield, an academic project manager at CSER, told Business Insider that he and his peers are looking at risks associated with artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the environment, and to a lesser degree, natural risks.

"These are 'Global Catastrophic Risks' - defined as those that could kill at least 10% of the global population, or cause equivalent damage," he told Business Insider.

Here's a roundup of the areas they're focusing on:

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