A group of 50 Nobel Prize winners has spoken out to reveal the 10 greatest threats to mankind.
In a survey, the brainiacs revealed fears that nuclear war, environmental disaster and even Facebook pose a risk to the future of our species.
Times Higher Education asked the eggheads about the “biggest threat to mankind.”
The experts who responded are known as laureates and represent one-quarter of the living Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics, physiology, medicine and economics — making them arguably some of the smartest people in the world.
Just over a third (34 percent) said population rise or environmental degradation represented the gravest apocalyptic risk.
In second place was nuclear war, followed by infectious disease and drug-resistant bugs.
Artificial intelligence was also highlighted as a risk, as well as selfishness, inequality, terrorism and even Donald Trump.
Facebook and drugs were also named as threats, coming in at joint 10th place after both being identified by one respondent.
“Humans are very busy with the greatest climate change experiment since the ice ages,” John Mather, a senior scientist in cosmology at NASA, told Times Higher Education, which carried out the survey.
Another responder who was not named said there were “several low probability but quite existential threats to humanity, including pandemics, nuclear war, and artificial intelligence.”
With tensions between nuclear-armed North Korea and the United States reaching a boiling point, it’s little wonder that 23 percent said nuclear war could bring about doomsday.
One Israeli laureate was particularly concerned about “warmonger dictators,” while a German participant was nervous about “populist regimes in possession of nuclear weapons.”
Two people specifically mentioned Trump as a threat to humanity.
“I don’t think science can do much about him,” one said.
However, some of the scientists feel we could survive and even thrive after…