The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
Hachette Books, 24 mrt. 2020 - 480 pagina's
This urgent and eye-opening book makes the case that protecting humanity's future is the central challenge of our time.
If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of years - enough time to end disease, poverty, and injustice, and to flourish in ways unimaginable today. But this vast future is at risk. With the advent of nuclear weapons, humanity entered a new age, where we face existential catastrophes - those from which we could never come back. Since then, these dangers have only multiplied, from climate change to engineered pathogens and artificial intelligence. If we do not act fast to reach a place of safety, it will soon be too late.
Drawing on over a decade of research, The Precipice explores the cutting-edge science behind the risks we face. It puts them in the context of the greater story of humanity: showing how ending these risks is among the most pressing moral issues of our time. And it points the way forward, to the actions and strategies that can safeguard humanity.
An Oxford philosopher committed to putting ideas into action, Toby Ord has advised the US National Intelligence Council, the UK Prime Minister's Office, and the World Bank on the biggest questions facing humanity. In The Precipice, he offers a startling reassessment of human history, the future we are failing to protect, and the steps we must take to ensure that our generation is not the last.
"A book that seems made for the present moment." —New Yorker†
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - bookboy804 - LibraryThing
The premise of this book is that humanity's future's (potentially) so bright [we] gotta wear shades. Therefore, we must plan for and avoid potential existential risks that could make this bright ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - fpagan - LibraryThing
Oxford ethics philosopher Ord judges that nothing is more important than safeguarding the existence of far-future human generations (and, I'd hope, transhuman ones) and finds that "the chance of an ... Volledige review lezen
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The Precipice: 'a Book That Seems Made for the Present Moment' New Yorker
Geen voorbeeld beschikbaar - 2021