In order to avoid human extinction, Rees advocates control of scientific research worldwide, and control of open access to such research (such as Wikipedia). He states that in the 1990s Aum Shinrikyo tried unsuccessfully to obtain an Ebola virus sample, which they could now create in their Mount Fuji lab, using ingredients and instructions from the Internet.
Rees has long been active in disarmament campaigns, and although he now sees nuclear warfare as a less probable cause of extinction, he advocates arms control as much as control of science and technology (see also World government). More concerning to him now is the possibility of major bioterrorist attacks, as evidenced by his outstanding bet (registered with the Long Bet Project) that such events will occur within the next twenty years.
End of the world?(Our Final Hour: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in this Century, On Earth and Beyond)(Book Review)
Sep 22, 2003; Our Final Hour: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in this Century, On Earth and Beyond,...
Rating future dangers: natural and human-caused: the odds are even on whether the world is coming to an end. But astronomer Martin Rees, author of Our Final Hour, doesn't tell us what to do about it.(Book Review)
Sep 01, 2003; Our Final Hour by Martin Rees. Basic Books. 2003. 228 pages. $25. Order online from www.wfs.org/bkshelf.htm. Martin Rees,...