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Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance

An anthropogenic global catastrophic risk (AGCR) is a human-induced risk that threatens sustained and widescale loss of life and damage to civilisation across the globe.

Central to the danger posed by future AGCRs is the problem that technological progress and uptake has proceeded much more rapidly than commensurate understanding and implementation of effective governance. The present project aims to address this deficit by investigating the key challenges of governance for AGCRs, and by identifying practical and ethical guidelines within which new governance solutions for specific AGCRs will be advanced. Three case studies are developed: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.