The experts of the YouTube channel The Infographics Show said that the end of the world can occur both due to human activities and natural disasters. They made a list that could lead to the apocalypse.
One of the reasons that can lead to the destruction of all life on Earth is the development of nanotechnology. According to representatives of the Institute for the Future of Humanity, the probability of extinction of people by the beginning of the XXII century is 19%.
Nanotechnologies are going to be used in the transport sector, medicine, and construction. At the same time, the development of such technologies can lead to the creation of weapons.
It is likely that insect robots will be created on the basis of nanotechnology to destroy people. Unlike other types of weapons, they are not visible, and they will be very difficult to counteract.
Massive volcanic eruptions may also lead to the end of the world. Scientists say that the most massive extinction of living organisms on the planet occurred in the Permian-Triassic period.
Then 90% of the inhabitants of the seas, 7% of vertebrates and most insects disappeared. This was led to the eruption of volcanoes in the territory of modern Siberia, which heated the oceans and created a greenhouse effect.
When the dust settled, there was a large amount of carbon dioxide in the air, which led to even more heating of the air and an increase in the toxicity of the soil and air. Scientists note that humanity is approaching such a scenario.
Artificial intelligence brings not only positive aspects. Industry expert Nick Bostrom warns that superintelligent computers could destroy the world, as they did in The Terminator. When programming, a person can make a mistake, which will lead to the end of the world.
This is because science is working towards self-improvement of computers, and as a result, computers can be much more powerful and smarter than one might expect.
Scientists are also considering the option of self-destruction of the system and the subsequent explosion.
Do not forget about military conflicts that do not benefit humanity and other organisms on the planet. To date, armament with nuclear warheads in the United States and Russia alone is estimated at more than 3,000 units.
Also, China, Great Britain, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea have weapons of this type. And these are only those states that are known. Experiments in the field of nuclear weapons are also carried out by other countries.
The exact number of nuclear warheads is currently unknown, but 15 thousand units of such weapons are capable of destroying more than 1 billion people within the first hour after use. The rest of the people will be destroyed by radiation sickness.
The danger to the Earth is a collision with a large asteroid. Scientists say that about 60 million years ago, such a collision led to the destruction of 75% of living beings.
Then the asteroid fell in the region of modern Mexico. The force of impact was 500 billion times more powerful than the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.