Toby Ord is a moral philosopher focusing on the big picture questions facing humanity. Born in Australia, he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He is the founder of Giving What We Can and co-founder of the Effective Altruism movement, which has raised more than a hundred million pounds for some of the world's most deserving causes. He has also advised DeepMind, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the US National Intelligence Council and the UK Prime Minister's Office, among others. He lives in Oxford.
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 story of the greatest risks to humanity's future, from the climate crisis and nuclear war to pandemics and artificial intelligence * Guardian * 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 Toby Ord is today's Carl Sagan. Clear and inspiring, this book leaves us hopeful for a flourishing human future