Given our societal emphasis on the pace of 'progress', often overlooking its direction, we face a multitude of existential challenges . These range from the looming threat of nuclear warfare and escalating global warming to the risk of totalitarian regimes and potential subjugation by artificial intelligence. How does economics provide solutions or frameworks to address them?
 Ord, Toby. The precipice: Existential risk and the future of humanity. Hachette Books, 2020. (Review)
Edit: I'm primarily interested in examples of seminal papers that address various existential threats to society. In other words, if one aims to apply economic tools to mitigate these threats, where should one seek inspiration?