3. Age features in perception of global risks
Younger people are more oriented towards risk-taking, fun, overconfidence, neophilia, and gaining new territory, rather than on safety5. Older people may be more risk-averse than younger people6, overvalue highly certain outcomes both in risks and gains7, value safety and predictability more, and are underrepresented in groups exhibiting interest in and concern with emerging technologies, such as those under the umbrella of transhumanism8. So, different age groups have different cognitive biases particular to their generation which may confound attempts at realistically assessing global risks. Some of these biases may be advantageous, others not—the word “bias” does not always necessarily have a negative connotation, but must be evaluated in a context-dependent way.