The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

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Price
$30.00  $27.90
Publisher
Hachette Books
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Pages
480
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780316484916

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About the Author
Toby Ord is a philosopher at Oxford University, working on the big picture questions facing humanity. His earlier work explored the ethics of global poverty, leading him to make a lifelong pledge to donate 10% of his income to the most effective charities helping improve the world. He created a society, Giving What We Can, for people to join this mission, and together its members have pledged over $1.5 billion. He then broadened these ideas by co-founding the Effective Altruism movement in which thousands of people are using reason and evidence to help the lives of others as much as possible. His current research is on risks that threaten human extinction or the permanent collapse of civilization, and on how to safeguard humanity through these dangers, which he considers to be among the most pressing and neglected issues we face. Toby 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.
Reviews
"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
"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 galvanizes us to play a role in addressing these risks."
--Angela Kane, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
"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
"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
"The Precipice is a fascinating book, one that showcases both the knowledge of its author and his humanity."--Bryan Walsh, Axios
"Splendid....The Precipice is a powerful book, written with a philosopher's eye for counterarguments so that he can meet them in advance. And Ord's love for humanity and hope for its future is infectious, as is his horrified wonder at how close we have come to destroying it."--The Spectator
"Many people have recently found that they want to read books offering the grandest perspectives possible on human existence, such as Sapiens . . . Toby Ord's new book is a startling and rigorous contribution to this genre that deserves to be just as widely read."--Evening Standard