The Precipice

Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
 
 
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • erscheint ca. am 5. März 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 352 Seiten
978-1-5266-0022-6 (ISBN)
 
Our potential is vast. We have so much to protect.

We stand at the most important moment in our history. Nuclear weapons mean that for the first time, we have the capacity to destroy ourselves. And as new technologies widen the gap between our power and our wisdom, we are subject to an ever-increasing level of risk.

What must be done to safeguard our future? With wisdom, care and technical brilliance, philosopher Toby Ord examines the existential risks that we face, and calculates the probabilities of their jeopardising our future. From familiar risks such as nuclear war and climate change to emerging ones, such as biotechnology and advanced artificial intelligence, this is a clear-eyed look at what must be done to save us, and a passionate imagining of all we could become.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Broschur/Paperback
  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 151 mm
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  • Dicke: 38 mm
  • 720 gr
978-1-5266-0022-6 (9781526600226)
Toby Ord is a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He is the founder of Giving What We Can and co-founder of the Effective Altruism movement, and has advised the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the US National Intelligence Council and the UK Prime Minister's Office, among others.
A powerfully argued book that alerts us to what is perhaps the most important - and yet also most neglected - problem we will ever face -- Peter Singer, author of 'Animal Liberation' and 'The Life You Can Save' The Precipice separates science from hype and will remain the definitive work on existential risk for a long time to come -- Max Tegmark, author of 'Life 3.0' and 'Our Mathematical Universe' A story of the greatest risks to humanity's future, from the climate crisis and nuclear war to pandemics and artificial intelligence -- Highlights for 2020 * Guardian * A fascinating and persuasive guide to the most important topic of all: how our species will survive the risks we pose to our continued existence -- Stuart Russell, author of 'Human Compatible' and 'Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach' This book is a wake-up call to the existential threats of nuclear and biological weapons and the urgent need for action. A must-read that galvanises us to play a role in addressing these risks -- Angela Kane, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Toby Ord is today's Carl Sagan. Clear and inspiring, this book leaves us hopeful for a flourishing human future -- Christine Peterson, co-founder of the Foresight Institute
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