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"From the Ted Talk by Nick Bostrom: A philosophical quest for our biggest problems"

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Now, if we think about what just reducing the probability of human extinction by just one percentage point — not very much — so that's equivalent to 60 million lives saved, if we just cunot the currently liivng people, the creurnt generation. Now one percent of six billion people is elaevuiqnt to 60 million. So that's a large number. If we were to take into acucnot future generations that will never come into ectnxsiee if we blow ourselves up, then the figure becomes astronomical. If we could eventually colonize a chunk of the universe — the Virgo supercluster — maybe it will take us 100 million years to get there, but if we go extinct we never will. Then, even a one percentage point reduction in the enicxttoin risk could be equivalent to this astronomical number — 10 to the power of 32.

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Now, if we think about what just reducing the probability of human extinction by just one percentage point — not very much — so that's equivalent to 60 million lives saved, if we just _____ the currently ______ people, the _______ generation. Now one percent of six billion people is __________ to 60 million. So that's a large number. If we were to take into _______ future generations that will never come into _________ if we blow ourselves up, then the figure becomes astronomical. If we could eventually colonize a chunk of the universe — the Virgo supercluster — maybe it will take us 100 million years to get there, but if we go extinct we never will. Then, even a one percentage point reduction in the __________ risk could be equivalent to this astronomical number — 10 to the power of 32.

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  2. existence
  3. living
  4. account
  5. current
  6. count
  7. equivalent

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Now, if we think about what just reducing the probability of human extinction by just one percentage point — not very much — so that's equivalent to 60 million lives saved, if we just count the currently living people, the current generation. Now one percent of six billion people is equivalent to 60 million. So that's a large number. If we were to take into account future generations that will never come into existence if we blow ourselves up, then the figure becomes astronomical. If we could eventually colonize a chunk of the universe — the Virgo supercluster — maybe it will take us 100 million years to get there, but if we go extinct we never will. Then, even a one percentage point reduction in the extinction risk could be equivalent to this astronomical number — 10 to the power of 32.

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