Oct 15, 2021 • 55M

Toby Ord | Existential Risk and Existential Hope

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“There's heaps of futures open to humanity. Some of these futures would be constrained to earth, some might involve other planets, star systems or galaxies.”

Toby Ord is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Oxford University. His work focuses on the big picture questions facing humanity. What are the most important issues of our time? How can we best address them? His current research is on the long term future of humanity, and the risks which threaten to destroy our entire potential. 

His book, The Precipice: Existential Risk and The Future of Humanity, explores these topics and concludes that safeguarding our future is among the most pressing and neglected issues we face. Toby also co-wrote the paper that introduced the term “Existential Hope”. 


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