On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

By Martin Rees

A must-read for any effective altruist, On The Future offers a panoramic view of the challenges and threats that humanity will face in the coming century. Rees argues that humanity’s survival will hinge on our ability to successfully harness science and technology, and to alter our collective mentality in ways that allow this to happen. A compelling defense of rationality, optimism and long-term thinking, On The Future maps out a path for humanity — and illustrates what’s at stake when we decide whether or not to follow it. “There are these technologies which are developing fast, and they can be used to great benefit,” says Rees, “but they can be misused in ways that will provide new kinds of horrors that were not available in the past. It’s by no means obvious which way things will go.”

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