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Have you wondered how humanity might go extinct? Nuclear war? Climate change? Both would be really bad for us, sure. You can even imagine that they might kill off 99% of everyone alive. Again, bad. But there's a big difference between 99% extinct and fully, totally 100% extinct - so much of a difference that when you lay it out, losing that last 1% of humanity is much, much worse than the first 99% dying. Why? Because humanity has a bright, long future ahead and if we accidentally wipe ourselves out then we lose that future too. It just so happens that we are entering a time when the chances of accidentally wiping ourselves out are greater than ever. The technology we're beginning to dabble in but don't fully understand - AI, biotech, nanotech, high-energy physics experiments - these will be the very things that advance our civilization headlong into that bright future. If we can survive figuring out how they work. Join Stuff You Should Know podcaster Josh Clark for an eye-opening (eye-popping, really) exploration of existential risks, those reasons why we humans might not be around anymore a hundred or so years from now.