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This $8 Trillion Coronavirus Mistake Could Kill 100%, w Stephen Fry. AI Is Watching.

Experts warned that a pandemic was inevitable. Preparing would have cost the US around $1billion. Instead, it will now cost $8 trillion, and over 200,000 deaths.

We explore the greatest existential threats – AI, nuclear and biological – and how coronavirus points to our extinction.

Voiced by Stephen Fry

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The coronavirus pandemic will cost the US around $8 trillion (Congressional Budget Office):
https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaharziv/2020/06/02/coronavirus-pandemic-will-cost-us-economy-8-trillion/#706bda9615e4

In 2015, Bill Gates called for a $1b budget to prepare for a pandemic:

(Many experts have issued similar warnings.)

Steven Salzberg, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, warns of dangerous research on potentially pandemic pathogens.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2019/03/04/scientists-restart-research-on-creating-deadly-bird-flu-with-nihs-blessing/#5f8dc4735edd
Cambridge Working Group Consensus Statement on the Creation of Potential Pandemic Pathogens (PPPs):
http://www.cambridgeworkinggroup.org/

Janelle Shame on working with AI:

Art in the age of machine intelligence, with Refik Anadol.

Is AI a species-level threat to humanity? Max Tegmark, Elon Musk, Michio Kaku, Steven Pinker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TRVubKcEM&t=2s