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View Poll Results: How will the world end
Alien invasion 0 0%
Climate chane 3 7.32%
Nuclear war 6 14.63%
Death of the sun 19 46.34%
Pandemic 2 4.88%
Nuclear accident 0 0%
Asteroids 2 4.88%
Super Volcano 3 7.32%
AI 4 9.76%
Bio Terror 2 4.88%
Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

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Old April 4 2015, 10:11 PM   #1
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End of the World

Channel 4 (UK) did an interesting End of the World" night where scientists looked at and discussed the various ways humanity might be destroyed. They looked at 10 choices (heavily influenced by movies)

Professor Stephen Hawking reckons any genuine AI would inevitably and eventually destroy us

what do you think?
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Old April 4 2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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I'm at optimistic, so I'm going with Death of the Sun.
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Old April 4 2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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Poll missing "with a whimper".
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Old April 4 2015, 10:54 PM   #4
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Old April 4 2015, 11:33 PM   #5
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Re: End of the World

Weird. Just a few minutes ago I had to contain an unexplainable urge to post a poll asking when the world will end. I was planning to give a wide variety of options: This week, this month, this year, by the end of the decade.

In light of my unposted troll poll, my answer to this one is obvious: iWatch.


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I'm at optimistic, so I'm going with Death of the Sun.
Technically, the sun will roast us long before that. We are going uninhabitable in a few hundred million years IIRC. That might help explain the lack of aliens – we developed spaceflight and radio near the planned end of life of our planet. Maybe the other multicellular lifeforms didn't invent the wheel before their planet got too hot.

Aside from that, a pandemic and bio terror are the only two that can take out the entire human race. Asteroid collisions are also capable, but we will be able to deflect them, and nothing big enough is expected to come our way. It is likely that no asteroid impact that will happen will wipe us out.

Maybe the aliens too... But only because they are so unpredictable that we don't even know if they exist.

ETA: And if a pandemic kills us, the civilization might get a second chance. People living with little or no contact with the rest of it will survive and will be able to restart it. I think there are enough of them to expect finds of the empty cities to follow at some point. That will drive them to repeat what was there. If that fails, I am counting on elephants.
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Old April 4 2015, 11:58 PM   #6
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When "Keeping up with the Kardashians" goes off the air, the world will end.



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Old April 5 2015, 12:30 AM   #7
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When "Keeping up with the Kardashians" goes off the air, the world will end.
I'm rather hoping it'll run at least until we get to see them annex Bajor.
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Old April 5 2015, 12:57 AM   #8
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"End of the World" and a human extinction event are two different things. Out of all your options, only the Sun option has any relevance to the planet's destruction. As to the end of man, it will be his ignorance, not his intelligence, that's kills him.
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Old April 5 2015, 02:41 AM   #9
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Actually, it'll be his ignorance combined with his intelligence.
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Old April 5 2015, 03:09 AM   #10
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Evolution will take care of man. No reason the sophisticated neural system can't be thrown off over a million or so years for something less destructive to the species.
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Old April 5 2015, 03:34 AM   #11
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"End of the World" and a human extinction event are two different things. Out of all your options, only the Sun option has any relevance to the planet's destruction. As to the end of man, it will be his ignorance, not his intelligence, that's kills him.
As Frank Zappa once said (in "Dumb All Over") regarding the fate of the Earth vs. Humanity's possible fate at their (our?) own hands:
"I mean it won't blow up
'n disappear
It'll just look ugly
For a thousand years..."
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Old April 5 2015, 05:47 AM   #12
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"End of the World" and a human extinction event are two different things. Out of all your options, only the Sun option has any relevance to the planet's destruction.
This.

And I feel fine.
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Old April 5 2015, 11:37 AM   #13
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Actually, it'll be his ignorance combined with his intelligence.
Seconded.
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Old April 5 2015, 01:11 PM   #14
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I voted for Super Volcano because it sounds cool.
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Old April 5 2015, 02:28 PM   #15
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"End of the World" and a human extinction event are two different things. Out of all your options, only the Sun option has any relevance to the planet's destruction. As to the end of man, it will be his ignorance, not his intelligence, that's kills him.
Thanks for taking part. Don't forget to pick up your...."i'm a fun person who doesn't take things too seriously"....goody bag on the way out

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I voted for Super Volcano because it sounds cool.
I prefer to think that there will be a combination of events. Super volcano followed by asteroids then super awesome AI will enslave us (before finally being destroyed themselves by an alien invasion)

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