The Precipice by Toby Ord audiobook

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

By Toby Ord
Read by Toby Ord

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780316484916
8.22 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781980073956

From one of the worlds leading moral voices, this urgent and eye-opening book makes the case that protecting humanitys future is the central challenge of our time. If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of yearsenough 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 catastrophesthose from which we could never come back. Since then, these dangers have only multiplied, from climate change to engineered pathogens and unaligned 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 Ministers Office, and the World Bank on the greatest challenges 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.

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From one of the worlds leading moral voices, this urgent and eye-opening book makes the case that protecting humanitys future is the central challenge of our time. If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of yearsenough 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 catastrophesthose from which we could never come back. Since then, these dangers have only multiplied, from climate change to engineered pathogens and unaligned 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 Ministers Office, and the World Bank on the greatest challenges 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 8.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English