Existential risk factor

An existential risk factor is a factor causally associated with an increased probability of an existential catastrophe. Conversely, an existential security factor is a factor causally associated with a reduced probability of an existential catastrophe (Ord 2020: 182). Analogous concepts have been used to analyse risks of human extinction (Cotton-Barratt, Daniel & Sandberg 2020) and s-risks (Baumann 2019).