Will MacAskill on The Ethics of the Next Billion Years

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Join Effective Altruism at NYU for a talk by Will MacAskill, arguing for the moral importance of our impact on future generations.

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Update 9/25: We're approaching capacity for this event, and unfortunately we need to close registrations for General Admission tickets. We still have registrations open for students, faculty, and administration at NYU and Columbia.

Note: If you are not an NYU student or faculty member, then to attend the event, you will be required to register on Eventbrite or Meetup with your full legal name, and also bring a valid ID.

On Saturday, September 28th at 7:00pm, Effective Altruism at NYU is privileged to host Will MacAskill, Associate Professor in Philosophy at University of Oxford and author of Doing Good Better, for a talk on The Ethics of the Next Billion Years. This event is being sponsored by the NYU Center for Bioethics, the NYU Department of Environmental Studies, and the NYU Department of Philosophy. The event is open to the public with advance registration, and members of Effective Altruism NYC, Columbia Effective Altruism, and other groups are welcome to attend!

Society is currently taking actions whose impact goes far beyond the present generation. These impacts are vast in scale because they affect so many people, with future people outnumbering us by thousands to one. Yet those future generations have little representation in the world today. They can’t bargain with us. They don’t get a vote.

In this talk, Professor Will MacAskill argues that our impact on future generations is the most important moral consideration in the world today. He introduces the philosophy of longtermism, which is concerned with ensuring that long-run outcomes go as well as possible, and discusses the ways in which we can benefit future generations, including by changing political incentives, guiding the development of new technology, and reducing the risk of human extinction. He discusses crucial considerations to help you work out what strategy to pursue, and gives advice on how you can choose a career to maximise your positive impact on the long run.

  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Event check-in with light snacks
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm: Will MacAskill on The Ethics of the Next Billion Years + Q&A
  • 8:30pm - 10:30pm: Social with light snacks

The event will take place at The Grand Hall, located on the 5th floor of the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life at 238 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012. When you arrive, please inform security that you're here for the Effective Altruism event.

If you're new to effective altruism, you're more than welcome to join us! To learn more about Effective Altruism at NYU, visit our website. Or to learn more about effective altruism in general, see this helpful introduction.

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