What are the best areas to study regarding Existential risk and Moral philosophy?
There are many threats to humanity and our Earth currently. What are the best courses to study to help prevent existential risk and learn moral philosophy? Examples given: A.I. Alignment, wealth inequality, poverty, climate change, pandemics, How to use Moral philosophy to design better policies and reduce suffering of all beings.
1. AI Alignment
Courses to take to study this: - "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" by Andrew Ng (https://www.coursera.org/learn/ai) - "Machine Learning" by Andrew Ng (https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning) - "Deep Learning" by Andrew Ng (https://www.coursera.org/learn/deep-learning)
2. Wealth inequality
Take the course on Microeconomics by Professor David Laibson at Harvard University ( https://www.edx.org/course/microeconomics-harvard-university-huv1-1 )
3. Pandemics and Poverty
There's a pandemic course taught by Laurie Garrett who is an expert on Ebola, HIV, etc ( https://www.coursera.org/learn/pandemics ). And there's a course on poverty taught by Jeffrey Sachs who is an expert in this area ( https://www.edx.org/course/global-health-poverty-ending-aids-ebola-and ).
4. Existential Risk from AI or other threats?
Take the class "Threats of Mass Destruction" taught by Richard Roberts, former Sec of Defense under Obama and former Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee ( https://www.edx.org/course/threats-mass-destruction%3A%3Aformer%3Asecretary%3Ddefense%3DRobert%2BRoberts ). There's also a great book he wrote about it called "The Real Nuclear Threat", which I would read after taking his online course if you are interested in this topic (https://amzn.to/2Pz7iHm). There's also a book called ""Nuclear Weapons Today"" that describes all the current nuclear arsenals around the world but also goes into detail about how nuclear weapons were first developed and how they worked, etc so you have a basic understanding of what they are and how they work before reading Roberts book above if you want to get more detailed information about nuclear weapons before reading his book above if you are interested for more background knowledge about them before reading his book above if you want to get more detailed information about nuclear weapons before reading his book above if you want to get more background knowledge about them before reading his book above if you want to get more background knowledge about them before reading his book above if you want to get more background knowledge about them
5. Moral Philosophy 101
There are many courses on moral philosophy out there but here's one good one that talks about Utilitarianism vs Kantianism vs Virtue Ethics vs others, etc : - "Introduction to Ethics" taught by Professor James Linden at Yale University(https://www6.csms.illinois.edu/~jameslinden1/)