Sandberg et al 2008 – *James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, postdoctoral research assistant for the EU Enhance project, **PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, special consultant to the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and co-founder of New Harvest, **senior research associate at the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, assistant professor of physics at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Montenegro (Anders Sandberg, Jason G. Matheny, Milan M. Ćirković, “How Can We Reduce the Risk of Human Extinction”, http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/how-can-we-reduce-the-risk-of-human-extinction)
Perhaps least controversial, we should invest more in efforts to enumerate the risks to human survival and the means to mitigate them. We need more interdisciplinary research in quantitative risk assessment, probability theory, and technology forecasting. And we need to build a worldwide community of experts from various fields concerned about global catastrophic risks. Human extinction may, in the long run, be inevitable. But just as we work to secure a long life for individuals, even when our eventual death is assured, we should work to secure a long life for our species.
Extinction matters—we have an ethical obligation to value future lives. Our argument is not that future lives matter more than current ones, but total disregard for humanity’s future is repugnant.