Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

Mitigating catastrophic biorisks | Kevin Esvelt

In a world now painfully aware of pandemics, with ever-increasing access to autonomous biological agents, how can we help channel society‚Äôs response to COVID-19 to minimize the risk of deliberate misuse? Using the challenge of securing DNA synthesis as an example, Kevin outlines the key norms and incentives governing biotechnology, lays out potential strategies for …

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Reducing global catastrophic biological risks | Jaime Yassif

Jaime discusses NTI’s new report, “Preventing Global Catastrophic Biological Risks”. In February 2020, during the Munich Security Conference, NTI convened senior leaders from around the world for a scenario-based tabletop exercise designed to identify gaps in global capabilities to prevent and respond to high-consequence biological events. The report summarizes the exercise and provides recommendations from …

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