Perimeter Institute: Surviving the century

Astronomer Martin Rees discusses the technological advances that could mean a bright future for humanity — or threaten its existence
By Daniel Kitts - Published on Sep 30, 2019



Advances in biotech, robotics, and space exploration promise enormous benefits but also pose tremendous risks to human progress and survival. At the first Perimeter Institute public lecture of the 2019-20 season, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom since 1995, discussed the simultaneous potential and peril of our collective future — and explained why he thinks humanity will need to use genetic and cyborg technology to transform into a “post-human” species if we are to successfully colonize distant planets. 

The lecture took place on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. If you missed it, you can watch what Rees had to say via this replay: 


The Perimeter Institute’s public lectures are usually held once a month. will stream the entire 2019-20 series.

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