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September 22, 2006

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Phillip Huggan

I'm reading the World Economic Forum 2006 Global risk report right now: http://www.weforum.org/pdf/CSI/Global_Risk_Report.pdf

Their tentative suggestion in the blue box on page 8 of the 26 page report is to classify risks into three categories: known, unknown and unknowable. For unknown risks they suggest building stock-piles, and contuinity planning, diversification...basically building an "immune system" into whatever system is being assessed. I'm not sure if diamondoid MNT would primarily be an unknown or an unknowable risk.

Chris Phoenix, CRN

I'd say DMNT is definitely an Unknowable risk. We know a few of the possible effects, but not nearly all of them, and there's almost no understanding of their interaction. In unknown risks, "the risk events are well defined."

Chris

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