To better understand emerging technologies, NEVER members Konrad, Anemone, Emil, Arthur, and Joel outline the evolution of the risk landscape around emerging disruptive technologies and draw parallels between the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and those posed by novel biotechnologies. They explore the broader challenge of governing emerging technologies and suggest potential ways forward.
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Listen to the first episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore the basics of man-made existential risk, featuring an introduction to the topic, its relationship to great power competition, how governments have dealt with potential existential risks such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and how they should respond to them in future.
In our latest commentary from the ELN’s New European Voices on Existential Risk (NEVER) network, Shane Ward and Eva Siegmann, explore how the emergence of non-nuclear strategic threats (NNST) has undermined the normative taboo surrounding the use of nuclear weapons, and why new methods extending beyond deterrence are needed to ensure international stability.
Galina Salnikova is a consultant at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in Vienna and a fellow of the CTBTO Research Fellowship 2023 in cooperation with CENESS. Previously, she was a political affairs intern at UNODA Vienna and worked for educational programs at the James...
Kim Joana Westerich-Fellner is a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs. Her work focuses on approaches to promote nuclear disarmament. Among others, Kim is investigating how verification mechanisms for the depletion of nuclear warheads can be effectively developed and implemented. Kim has...
Members of the NEVER network convened on Thursday, the 24th of August, to discuss climate change, climate change governance, and the role of great power competition in aggravating this existential risk, with NEVER coordinator, Edan Simpson, chairing the meeting.