Covid-19 feels overwhelming. With its deep impact on our economies, institutions, and personal lives, we might feel it is an existential threat to our lives, perhaps to humanity.
But is it?
I discuss the pandemic in this light with the moral philosopher Toby Ord, whose research focuses on existential risks. His new book, The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity explores the risks to a flourishing future for our species.
I’m sharing a excerpt from our conversation; full discussion is available to members of EV.
In the discussion, Toby and I cover:
- The kinds of risks we’re facing, and how we should be thinking about the current pandemic,
- Why humans are the humanity’s worst threat,
- The role of networks in scaling existential threats.
(Apologies for audio quality, all of this recorded remotely.)