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The Precipice: ‘A book that seems made for the present moment’ New Yorker

Autor Toby Ord
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 feb 2021

What existential threats does humanity face? And how can we secure our future?'The Precipice is a powerful book . . . Ord's love for humanity and hope for its future is infectious' Spectator'Ord's analysis of the science is exemplary . . . Thrillingly written' Sunday TimesWe live during the most important era of human history. In the twentieth century, we developed the means to destroy ourselves - without developing the moral framework to ensure we won't. This is the Precipice, and how we respond to it will be the most crucial decision of our time.Oxford moral philosopher Toby Ord explores the risks to humanity's future, from the familiar man-made threats of climate change and nuclear war, to the potentially greater, more unfamiliar threats from engineered pandemics and advanced artificial intelligence.With clear and rigorous thinking, Ord calculates the various risk levels, and shows how our own time fits within the larger story of human history. We can say with certainty that the novel coronavirus does not pose such a risk. But could the next pandemic? And what can we do, in our present moment, to face the risks head on?A major work that brings together the disciplines of physics, biology, earth and computer science, history, anthropology, statistics, international relations, political science and moral philosophy, The Precipice is a call for a new understanding of our age: a major reorientation in the way we see the world, our history, and the role we play in it.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781526600233
ISBN-10: 1526600234
Pagini: 480
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 31 mm
Greutate: 0.33 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

Drawing on disciplines including physics, earth and computer science, history, anthropology, economics, international relations and moral philosophy, The Precipice will appeal to readers of Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence, David Wallace-Wells's The Uninhabitable Earth, Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything, Max Tegmark's Life 3.0, and readers of Yuval Noah Harari and Steven Pinker

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Recenzii

A story of the greatest risks to humanity's future, from the climate crisis and nuclear war to pandemics and artificial intelligence
A powerfully argued book that alerts us to what is perhaps the most important - and yet also most neglected - problem we will ever face
The Precipice separates science from hype and will remain the definitive work on existential risk for a long time to come
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
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
Humanity has never been more vulnerable - there's now a one-in-six chance that civilisation won't make it to the end of the century, argues a highly influential philosopher . . . Ord's analysis of the science is exemplary . . . Thrillingly written
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
Splendid . . . The Precipice is a powerful book, written with a philosopher's eye . . . Ord's love for humanity and hope for its future is infectious
Urgent and vaguely prophetic . . . In a year in which our everyday lives were upended by the unexpected (or rather the expected yet neglected), The Precipice is a good way to put everything in perspective
The Precipice is a fascinating book, one that showcases both the knowledge of its author and his humanity
A book that seems made for the present moment
A story of the greatest risks to humanity's future, from the climate crisis and nuclear war to pandemics and artificial intelligence