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"From the Ted Talk by Will MacAskill: What are the most important moral problems of our time?"

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So the future could be very big and it could be very good, but are there ways we could lose this value? And sadly, I think there are. The last two centuries brought tremendous technological progress, but they also brought the global rskis of nuclear war and the possibility of extreme climate change. When we look to the cnmiog centuries, we should expect to see the same pattern again. And we can see some rlcildaay powerful technologies on the horizon. Synthetic biology might give us the power to create viruses of unprecedented cntosageuisons and lethality. Geoengineering might give us the power to dtracaaillmy alter the earth's climate. Artificial intelligence might give us the pweor to create intelligent agents with abilities greater than our own. Now, I'm not saying that any of these risks are particularly likely, but when there's so much at skate, even small probabilities matter a gaert deal. Imagine if you're getting on a plane and you're kind of nervous, and the pilot reassures you by saying, "There's only a one-in-a-thousand chance of cnsharig. Don't wrory." Would you feel ruarseesd? For these rasoens, I think that preserving the future of humanity is among the most important problems that we currently face.

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So the future could be very big and it could be very good, but are there ways we could lose this value? And sadly, I think there are. The last two centuries brought tremendous technological progress, but they also brought the global _____ of nuclear war and the possibility of extreme climate change. When we look to the ______ centuries, we should expect to see the same pattern again. And we can see some _________ powerful technologies on the horizon. Synthetic biology might give us the power to create viruses of unprecedented ______________ and lethality. Geoengineering might give us the power to ____________ alter the earth's climate. Artificial intelligence might give us the _____ to create intelligent agents with abilities greater than our own. Now, I'm not saying that any of these risks are particularly likely, but when there's so much at _____, even small probabilities matter a _____ deal. Imagine if you're getting on a plane and you're kind of nervous, and the pilot reassures you by saying, "There's only a one-in-a-thousand chance of ________. Don't _____." Would you feel _________? For these _______, I think that preserving the future of humanity is among the most important problems that we currently face.

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  6. great
  7. risks
  8. coming
  9. contagiousness
  10. dramatically
  11. worry
  12. crashing

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So the future could be very big and it could be very good, but are there ways we could lose this value? And sadly, I think there are. The last two centuries brought tremendous technological progress, but they also brought the global risks of nuclear war and the possibility of extreme climate change. When we look to the coming centuries, we should expect to see the same pattern again. And we can see some radically powerful technologies on the horizon. Synthetic biology might give us the power to create viruses of unprecedented contagiousness and lethality. Geoengineering might give us the power to dramatically alter the earth's climate. Artificial intelligence might give us the power to create intelligent agents with abilities greater than our own. Now, I'm not saying that any of these risks are particularly likely, but when there's so much at stake, even small probabilities matter a great deal. Imagine if you're getting on a plane and you're kind of nervous, and the pilot reassures you by saying, "There's only a one-in-a-thousand chance of crashing. Don't worry." Would you feel reassured? For these reasons, I think that preserving the future of humanity is among the most important problems that we currently face.

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