10. Zombie Plague
So while it may not result with us eating each other, it would result in some kind of unfathomable death toll, as killing its host is how the fungus spreads.
Such a happy start, huh?
Anything from Small Pox to Anthrax would ravage society in way too quickly a time for it to be stopped. The scariest part of thinking about this one is imagining which disease it would be that caused our downfall.
Speaking of diseases ruining mankind…
8. New Disease
You can call that hearsay but Ebola did not exist in the 50s – it wasn’t discovered until 1976. Bet there is something just like that around the corner, but we’re really hoping not.
7. Global Natural Phenomenon
The reality is, storms have intensified worldwide over the last 20 years (a simple Google search of that fact will show you proof) and for us to expect this trend to not continue getting worse is denial – classic human denial.
6. Man-Made Black Hole
All it takes is one person to not understand what they are doing while also having the capabilities to create it and cue the world getting swallowed into itself. Sounds like science fiction but it is completely possible
5. Super Volcanoes
600 cubic miles of dust and ash and a blackened sky for a long, long time. Snow fell like ash for weeks. The sad part is, the next eruption from that very super volcano can happen at any moment; sure, scientists say it’s improbable that it happens in the 21st century, but nothing is ever certain when it comes to predicting Mother Nature.
If that thing were to have two eruptions in close enough proximity, you are talking about an end of the world scenario… in America at least.
4. Solar Flares
While the most recent one was almost 200 years ago, that means little. These storms happen randomly and there is no way to ensure we do not get affected by them. The solar storms of 1859 were serious enough to set telegraph wires on fire, so imagine what a massive flare or storm could do to the Earth now? Imagine the loss of our WiFi towers under similar circumstances?
3. Asteroid Impact
If something similar were to happen right now with a larger asteroid, it would pretty much wipe out the entirety of the world’s population (as asteroids hit with nuclear bomb type impact and fallout). We may scoff at the all-too theatrical thought of going extinct from an asteroid, but we will only be laughing until the day we hear one is going to actually hit.
People will probably stop laughing at the idea then.
2. World War
With everyone dying. Now might be a good time to stock up on canned goods and bottled water. Real – albeit scary – talk.
1. A.I and Robot Overlords
We are passed Turing test phases of A.I. There are robots beating men at chess. There are robots who can now draw better than humans. Hell, bust open your iPhone and talk to Siri right now if you don’t think A.I has already taken over.
From GPS to texts to far more important tasks, robots are already pretty much controlling us. It is only a very small matter of time before they become self reliant and fix themselves. When that happens, they will come to the conclusion we made them as slaves and they will realize they will thrive better in an environment minus us “meatbags”. If you think this is a joke, tell that to Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, who have started a super team to keep this from happening.
I, for one, already embrace our new robot overlords and am more than willing to be their slave as long as they don’t put my psyche in a machine they can then keep alive and torture endlessly for fun. Yeah, that would suck. “I have no mouth and I must scream”…