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Toby Ord

Senior Research Fellow - University of Oxford

Working groupExpert Group on AI Futures
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Toby Ord is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Oxford University. His work focuses on big picture questions facing humanity. What are the most important issues of our time? How can we best address them?

Toby’s earlier work explored the ethics of global health and global poverty, demonstrating that aid has been highly successful on average and has the potential to be even more successful if we were to improve our priority setting. This led him to create an international society called Giving What We Can, whose members have pledged over $1.5 billion to the most effective charities helping to improve the world. He also co-founded the wider effective altruism movement, encouraging thousands of people to use reason and evidence to help others as much as possible.

His current research is on the longterm future of humanity, and the risks which threaten to destroy our entire potential. His book, The Precipice, explores these topics and concludes that safeguarding our future is among the most pressing and neglected issues we face.

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