The Precipice

Toby Ord

The Precipice

Recommendation inspired by:
The 4 greatest threats to the survival of humanity

Why we love this book:

Don't think you want to read about existential threats and humanity's possible, collective extinction? Toby Ord can convince you otherwise in his beautifully written book, The Precipice. Ord manages to reflect on the existential threats humanity faces without resorting to alarming and fearful language. Through surprising facts and detailed analysis of risks that are unique to our time, such as bioweapons, unaligned AI, and nuclear wars, we are invited to think critically and optimistically about the steps humanity can take to secure its long term existence and protect its future. 


Recommended by:
Sazia Afrin, TED-Ed Team

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