Could Chatbots Help Devise the Next Pandemic Virus?

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Robert F. Service Tech experts have been sounding the alarm that artificial intelligence (AI) could turn against humanity by taking over everything from business to warfare. Now, Kevin Esvelt is adding another worry: AI could help somebody with no science background and evil intentions design and order a virus capable of unleashing a pandemic. … […]

The Quarantine of Healthy Populations

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Aaron Kheriaty When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dr. Bhattacharya turned his attention to the epidemiology of the virus and the effects of lockdown policies. He was one of three co- authors—along with Martin Kulldorff of Stanford and Sunetra Gupta of Oxford—of the Great Barrington Declaration. Many more lives would have been saved, and much misery […]

Strengthening Global Systems to Prevent and Respond to High-Consequence Biological Threats

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Results from the 2021 Tabletop Exercise Conducted in Partnership with the Munich Security Conference Jaime M. Yassif, Kevin P. O’Prey, Christopher R. Isaac In March 2021, NTI [Nuclear Threat Initiative] partnered with the Munich Security Conference to conduct a tabletop exercise on reducing high-consequence biological threats. e exercise examined gaps in national and international biosecurity […]