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SIXSMITH: On The Precipice: Five Lessons for Avoiding Societal Catastrophe

With the development of the nuclear bomb, mankind acquired unprecedented potential for committing both murder and suicide. This was the creation of the “precipice” that the Oxford philosopher Toby Ord referenced in the title of his serious and important new book “The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity.” Ord wrote: “At that moment, our rapidly accelerating technological power ...

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