François Chollet+ Your Authors @fchollet Deep learning @google. Creator of Keras, neural networks library. Author of 'Deep Learning with Python'. Opinions are my own. May. 19, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Humans as a species, I'm not too worried about -- we're resilient. But the elaborate social superstructures we've been building over the years -- modern civilization and modern technology -- that is far more fragile than we care to admit.

It's a house of cards -- a million interdependent pieces, many relying on trust or belief, and many requiring expert knowledge that only lives in the brains of a few thousands of people. If history is any guide, it may not last forever.

When we picture the apocalypse in pop culture, we imagine a devastating event happening overnight -- maybe nuclear war. But it will not take a very large stressor to bring down modern societies, and it will not happen in a day. Climate change may do the trick, over a century or 2

It does not take a dropkick to bring down a house of cards, a little breeze suffices

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