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

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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: 

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

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