The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will consider what it believes are the four greatest threats to the human species: artificial intelligence, climate change, nuclear war and rogue biotechnology.
Ok, so nuclear war and even climate change are old news. And every single one has been the subject of some disaster movie or other.
But the artificial intelligence scenario is the one that worries me most, simply because it is the threat we are sleep-walking into fastest.
Think about the developed world we live in today. Almost every aspect of our lives is connected to computers in one way or another - financial payments, banking, supermarket food supply, water purification, electricity distribution, all forms of communication, train signals, GPS, aircraft landing systems... the list is endless.
And the means of communicating computer instructions and code is no longer restricted to copper wires - it is in the air we breathe through WiFi and 3G masts all around us. So it's really hard to pull the plug if anything goes wrong. No-one has ever managed to shut down the internet.
What we have built is a civilisation built on a vast web of delicate fibre pathways which we trust with our lives. And all is well as long as we humans continue to run the shop.
We humans are also very busy indeed trying to create artificial intelligence - an entity powered by computers which we desperately want to beat the Turing Test and mistake for being one of our own. And the indication is that we are not too many years away from realising this audacious dream.
The problem is that no-one can say what kind of intelligence is being created and no regard is given to the possibility that it might not be sympathetic to its human Creators.
For example, when computers are set the task of designing the most efficient walking machines, they design insects. Computing power is based on lightning-fast logic and logic says insects' bodies are the most efficient structures for getting from A to B. We shouldn't be surprised by this - billions of evolutionary years have made it so. So just a glimpse of a computer's intelligent, embryonic face shows it to be, in a strange way, more akin to the force of nature - cool, logical and unsympathetic to any superfluous needs. A Nano Nature.
Now, everything might be fine and we might end up with an intelligent entity like Marvin from Hitch Hikers, or (God forbid) some irritating babbler like Tweaky from Buck Rogers. But whatever form it takes, it will not be one of 'us' - it will be 'other' and it will be impossible to disconnect from the electronic web where it was formed and which rules and protects our lives.
And here's the really bad news - the first signs of disaster may be small, like turning off GPS for an instant or all traffic lights in a city block to green. You see, an artificial intelligence will not have to build new machines to destroy us if it wishes. It only has to turn our own machines against us.