AMA: Toby Ord, author of “The Precipice” and co-founder of the EA movement

Note: Aaron Gertler, a Fo­rum mod­er­a­tor, is post­ing this with Toby’s ac­count. (That’s why the post is writ­ten in the third per­son.)

This is a Vir­tual EA Global AMA: sev­eral peo­ple will be post­ing AMAs on the Fo­rum, then record­ing their an­swers in videos that will be broad­cast at the Vir­tual EA Global event this week­end.

Please post your ques­tions by 10:00 am PDT on March 18th (Wed­nes­day) if you can. That’s when Toby plans to record his video.

About Toby

Toby Ord is a moral philoso­pher fo­cus­ing on the big pic­ture ques­tions fac­ing hu­man­ity. What are the most im­por­tant is­sues of our time? How can we best ad­dress them?

His ear­lier work ex­plored the ethics of global health and global poverty, which led him to cre­ate Giv­ing What We Can, whose mem­bers have pledged hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds to the most effec­tive char­i­ties helping to im­prove the world. He also co-founded the wider effec­tive al­tru­ism move­ment.

His cur­rent re­search is on avoid­ing the threat of hu­man ex­tinc­tion, which he con­sid­ers to be among the most press­ing and ne­glected is­sues we face. He has ad­vised the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the World Bank, the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, the US Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Coun­cil, the UK Prime Minister’s Office, Cabi­net Office, and Govern­ment Office for Science. His work has been fea­tured more than a hun­dred times in the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

Toby’s new book, The Precipice, is now available for pur­chase in the UK and pre-or­der in other coun­tries. You can learn more about the book here.