Martin Rees, co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics
An existential risk is one that threatens the existence of our entire species. The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) — a joint initiative between a philosopher, a scientist, and a software entrepreneur — was founded on the conviction that these risks require a great deal more scientific investigation than they presently receive.
It could be the first line of a joke: there was a philosopher, a software engineer and a scientist. But the birth of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is no laughing matter.