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An existential risk is a potential development that could drastically (or even totally) reduce the capabilities of humankind.

Existential risks of concern to transhumanists include:

Stances that can be adopted towards existential risks include:

  • Inevitabilism (the view that, for example, "the victory of transhumanism is inevitable")
  • Precautionary (emphasising the downsides of action in areas of relative ignorance)
  • Proactionary (emphasising the dangers of inaction in areas of relative ignorance)
  • Techno-enthusiast (the view that technological development is likely to find good solutions to all existential risks)
  • Techno-progressive (the view that existential risks must be actively studied and managed)