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Morality, foresight, and human flourishing : an introduction to existential risks

Author: Phil Torres
Publisher: Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Existential risk studies is a growing field that attempts to understand the greatest dangers to humanity from a scientific perspective. This book offers the first scholarly survey of existential risks, from asteroid impacts and climate change to molecular nanotechnology and machine superintelligence. It argues that avoiding an existential catastrophe should be among our highest moral priorities and analyzes a number  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Torres, Phil.
Morality, foresight, and human flourishing.
Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, [2017]
(DLC) 2017024484
(OCoLC)981977531
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Torres
ISBN: 9781634311434 1634311434
OCLC Number: 1002065011
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1: An Emerging Field; 1.1 A Unique Moment in History; 1.2 What Are Existential Risks?; 1.3 Types of Existential Risks; 1.4 Why Care about Existential Risks?; 1.5 Fermi and Filters; 1.6 Biases and Distortions; 1.7 The Epistemology of Eschatology; Chapter 2: Our Cosmic Risk Background; 2.1 Threats from Above and Below; 2.2 Supervolcanoes; 2.3 Natural Pandemics; 2.4 Asteroids and Comets; 2.5 Other Threats; Chapter 3: Unintended Consequences; 3.1 Intended Causes, Unintended Effects; 3.2 Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss. 3.3 Physics Disasters3.4 Geoengineering; Chapter 4: Agent-Tool Couplings; 4.1 Conceptual Framework; 4.2 World-Destroying Technologies; 4.2.1 Dual Usability, Power, and Accessibility; 4.2.2 Weapons of Total Destruction; 4.3 Agential Risks; 4.3.1 Agential Terror; 4.3.2 Agential Error; 4.3.3 The Future of Agential Risks; Chapter 5: Other Hazards; 5.1 Simulation Shutdown; 5.2 Bad Governance; 5.3 Something Completely Unforeseen; Chapter 6: Risk Mitigation Macro-Strategies; 6.1 The Bottleneck Hypothesis; 6.2 Development Trajectory; 6.3 Agent-Oriented Strategies; 6.3.1 Cognitive Enhancement. 6.3.2 Moral Bioenhancement6.3.3 Other Options; 6.4 Tool-Oriented Strategies; 6.5 Other Strategies; Chapter 7: Concluding Thoughts; 7.1 Doom Soon?; 7.2 Two Types of Optimism; Postscript; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index; About the Author.
Responsibility: Phil Torres ; foreword by Martin Rees.

Abstract:

Existential risk studies is a growing field that attempts to understand the greatest dangers to humanity from a scientific perspective. This book offers the first scholarly survey of existential risks, from asteroid impacts and climate change to molecular nanotechnology and machine superintelligence. It argues that avoiding an existential catastrophe should be among our highest moral priorities and analyzes a number of risk mitigation strategies to reduce the probability of a worst-case scenario. The dangers facing humanity this century are real and immense, but the future course of civilization is ultimately up to us.

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