Ep. 79: Spooky End Of The World Episode (W/ Phil Torres)
Special Halloween Episode! Phil Torres joins us to talk about his new book about how--statistically--your world will probably end by 2100. Rather than a call for nihilism, this is a call for careful and thoughtful steps forward. So that, you know, we don't all die from misadventure with AI, nuclear weapons, or nanomanufacturing. We're talking with Phil about his new book, Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risk, which was a great read and we highly recommend it!
(This is Phil's second visit on Future Left, so if you'd like to hear more about Phil's work, you can check that out here: http://www.futureleft.org/home/2016/11/20/future-left-podcast-ep-48-contemplating-the-end-times-with-phil-torres)
There was a ton of ground to cover, so we ended up going wayyyyyy over time, but we cut the episode into three parts to facilitate your listening enjoyment.
Part 1: Existential Risk
Part 2: Is technology itself dangerous?
Part 3: "Some Little Idiot" and why politics matters for survival