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Campaign: Existential Risk Reduction

More study of Permanent Stagnation & Flawed Realization ER types

Bostrom 2012 (ExRisk as Global Priority) details the subtypes of Permanent Stagnation & Flawed Realization as important and misunderstood ER classes. It's possible to make huge progress in securing these areas in global society, and if done so in a way that made it clear that these were subclasses of ER, an advocacy dividend could be gained. As one example, to model regions which are beset by intractable civil war ...more »

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Actively correct misrepresentations of ER in public forums.

The Wikipedia article on ER was renamed and subsumed; a business week article found when searching for ER is dismissive in tone, and has no comments. Consider more assertively trying to correct misperceptions or marginalization a of ER when these appear on the Internet or in other media. Without a consistent vocabulary and fair representation, it's hard to grow public awareness.

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Campaign: Existential Risk Reduction

Exhaustive index of ER-related organizations, with analysis

Conduct a continuous survey and classification of organizations which in some way relate to the goal of reducing Existential Risk. Break organizations down by type (profit vs nonprofit), approach (transhumanism? space? humanitarian?), and accessibility (can one apply for a job there? can one only donate?). Keep going and promoting the work until organizations are identified at every level and type.

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Annotated Bibiography

Create an annotated bibliography of books, articles, films, youtube videos, and, in short, any media, relevant to existential risk mitigation.

 

The bare fact of bringing together a lot of material will show the initial (and chaotic) scope of ER, and an inductive approach to this evidence will suggest initial categories for and approaches to ER

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Use Creative Commons licensing to foster longevity & portability

A Creative Commons license, such as CC-By-ShareAlike, would ensure that ideas which could help reduce ER were not locked in but could be used by all. Commercial reuse should be allowed (my opinion) so that the originator as well as others far away could try to market the solutions. In tandem, the ShareAlike clause would discourage mere poaching, as anyone who adapted the idea would need to pass that right along. ...more »

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Establish an informal journal (popular publication) on ER

Refereed and scholarly journals will be important and ideas on those may be elsewhere. Equally important, in the long run, will be sources of inspiration and information on ER which can appeal to the broad reader in the arts & sciences. Art, short stories, essays, photographs which broaden people's view of what realms are touched by concern about ER. For instance, an article discussing portrayals of Permanent Stagnation ...more »

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Create ER Interest Groups in present professional associations

By working to creating interest groups within existing professional associations, understanding of ER can be raised over time within those fields, leading (hopefully) to future opportunities for future members of the field. As an example, I am a librarian. That field has always been concerned with preservation of the cultural record, though usually for the shorter term and for present-state civilization. However, the ...more »

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Focus on ID'ing related efforts & getting them to partner on ER

Identify related topics, organizations, stakeholders, theorists, thinkers, etc -- for example, those involved in aspects of transhumanism or long-term preservation -- and try to get them talking specifically about addressing ER through stimulating prosperity and industry around its mitigation. In other words, find related stakeholders and try to focus them all in on cultivating career options which address ER from different ...more »

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Prioritize development of discovery AI focused on risk aversion.

In terms of encouraging industry, prioritize efforts which harness the growing capabilities of content discovery algorithms, machine learning, resource discovery, and research assistance to focus specifically on mitigating existential risk in all its forms. Antagonistic Artificial Intelligence is often seen as one of the most potent types of ER we face. So, why not focus our efforts on teaching AI how to rapidly assist ...more »

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Sell ER as continuity planning for the longue duree

Employing familiar business slogans and structures would help to make such matters less threatening and less humorous to those accustomed to the business environment, which is inherently risk averse and suspicious of the kind of radical ideas that routinely appear in intellectual discourse. ER could be billed as "business development and continuity planning for the longue duree," with an emphasis on crisis control, ...more »

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Promote ER reduction into sites like Zooniverse and Spacehack

Crowdsourcing sites in the realm of science point the way to new levels of involvement and engagement. When new ones emerge, work to see that existential risk reduction related efforts are represented. Promote ER as a mainstream topic in the process. As an example, an effort to identify Earth-threatening asteroids or other bodies could be attempted through a site such as http://spacehack.org/ or https://www.zooniverse.org/. ...more »

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Upgrade the best existing nuclear bunkers for long-term stay

There are a surprisingly large number of large bunkers created to survive nuclear war. Many of these are stocked to survive months but not decades. The more of these that exist, the more likely it is they will be filled, and the more likely humanity would survive certain kinds of borderline X-Risks such as engineered pathogens or impacts.

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