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The Resource The precipice : existential risk and the future of humanity, Toby Ord

The precipice : existential risk and the future of humanity, Toby Ord

Label
The precipice : existential risk and the future of humanity
Title
The precipice
Title remainder
existential risk and the future of humanity
Statement of responsibility
Toby Ord
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Humanity stands at a precipice. We live at a time of unprecedented innovation. Technology is accelerating faster than at any point in history, granting us ever greater power, and creating ever greater risk. In the twentieth century, we developed the means to destroy ourselves o without developing the moral framework to ensure that we won't. The Precipice introduces us to the risks to humanity's future, from the familiar man-made threats of climate change and nuclear war, to the greater risks on the horizon from engineered pandemics and advanced artificial intelligence. With clear and rigorous thinking, Toby Ord calculates the various risk levels, and shows how our own time fits within the larger story of human history. Can we protect the legacy of the hundred billion who have come before us, and secure a future for the trillions of generations that could follow? What can we do, in our present moment, to face the risks head on? Guided by a positive vision of the long-term future, The Precipice is a call for a new ethical perspective- a major reorientation in the way we see the world, our history, and the role we play in it
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1979-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ord, Toby
Dewey number
303.49
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social prediction
  • Social ecology
  • Human ecology
  • World politics
Target audience
adult
Label
The precipice : existential risk and the future of humanity, Toby Ord
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE THE STAKES -- Introduction -- 1.Standing at the Precipice -- How We Got Here -- Where We Might Go -- The Precipice -- 2.Existential Risk -- Understanding Existential Risk -- Looking to the Present -- Looking to Our Future -- Looking to Our Past -- Civilisational Virtues -- Cosmic Significance -- Uncertainty -- Our Neglect of Existential Risks -- pt. TWO THE RISKS -- 3.Natural Risks -- Asteroids & Comets -- Supervolcanic Eruptions -- Stellar Explosions -- Other Natural Risks -- The Total Natural Risk -- 4.Anthropogenic Risks -- Nuclear Weapons -- Climate Change -- Environmental Damage -- 5.Future Risks -- Pandemics -- Unaligned Artificial Intelligence -- Dystopian Scenarios -- Other Risks -- pt. THREE THE PATH FORWARD -- 6.The Risk Landscape -- Quantifying the Risks -- Combining and Comparing Risks -- Risk Factors -- Which Risks? -- 7.Safeguarding Humanity -- Grand Strategy for Humanity -- Risks Without Precedent --
  • Contents note continued: International Coordination -- Technological Progress -- Research on Existential Risk -- What You Can Do -- 8.Our Potential -- Duration -- Scale -- Quality -- Choices
Control code
000066861903
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
468 pages
Isbn
9781526600226
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2020009509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1143365836
Label
The precipice : existential risk and the future of humanity, Toby Ord
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE THE STAKES -- Introduction -- 1.Standing at the Precipice -- How We Got Here -- Where We Might Go -- The Precipice -- 2.Existential Risk -- Understanding Existential Risk -- Looking to the Present -- Looking to Our Future -- Looking to Our Past -- Civilisational Virtues -- Cosmic Significance -- Uncertainty -- Our Neglect of Existential Risks -- pt. TWO THE RISKS -- 3.Natural Risks -- Asteroids & Comets -- Supervolcanic Eruptions -- Stellar Explosions -- Other Natural Risks -- The Total Natural Risk -- 4.Anthropogenic Risks -- Nuclear Weapons -- Climate Change -- Environmental Damage -- 5.Future Risks -- Pandemics -- Unaligned Artificial Intelligence -- Dystopian Scenarios -- Other Risks -- pt. THREE THE PATH FORWARD -- 6.The Risk Landscape -- Quantifying the Risks -- Combining and Comparing Risks -- Risk Factors -- Which Risks? -- 7.Safeguarding Humanity -- Grand Strategy for Humanity -- Risks Without Precedent --
  • Contents note continued: International Coordination -- Technological Progress -- Research on Existential Risk -- What You Can Do -- 8.Our Potential -- Duration -- Scale -- Quality -- Choices
Control code
000066861903
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
468 pages
Isbn
9781526600226
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2020009509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1143365836

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