Existential Risk

16 April 2015
by Jaan Tallinn, Max Tegmark

The reasons why I'm engaged in trying to lower the existential risks has to do with the fact that I'm a convinced consequentialist.

We have to take responsibility for modeling the consequences of our actions, and then pick the actions that yield the best outcomes. Moreover, when you start thinking about—in the pallet of actions that you have—what are the things that you should pay special attention to, one argument that can be made is that you should pay attention to areas where you expect your marginal impact to be the highest. There are clearly very important issues about inequality in the world, or global warming, but I couldn't make a significant difference in these areas.

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