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Transcript: Noam Chomsky On China, Artificial Intelligence, & The 2024 Presidential Election

Here is the audio, transcript, and summary of a Through Conversations Podcast conversation with Dr. Noam Chomsky titled “China, Artificial Intelligence, & The 2024 Presidential Election”.

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Alex Levy: Hello, everyone, and welcome to this very special edition of Through Conversations Podcast. I am joined for a third time in this show by Professor Noam Chomsky. He does not need any introduction, and he’s a previous guest in this show, so our listeners are very excited about this conversation, and so am I. So, Professor, thank you again for joining me.

Dr. Noam Chomsky: Very pleased to be with you.

Alex Levy: I’m very excited and very grateful with you because this conversation comes at a time where there’s a lot of moving parts in our society, and your voice has always been one that can steer us into a more thoughtful conversation and more engaged discussion into how to improve our society.

Chomsky’s Perspective on the 2024 Presidential Election.

Our listeners were very interested in hearing your thoughts on the upcoming 2024 election — presidential election, Professor Chomsky, which may be one of the most pivotal moments in our history, not for our country, but perhaps for the entire globe. What are your thoughts in the upcoming presidential election, and what do you think are the key issues that will shape this election?

Dr. Noam Chomsky: There are two key issues that shape everything, including the election. One is, are we going to destroy organized human life on Earth? There are two ways in which we are now racing to do that. One is the increasing threat of nuclear war, both in Europe and in Asia. The second is by heating the globe to the point where much of it will be unlivable. We just heard a couple of weeks ago from the IPCC, the International Scientific Monitors, their most dire report cutting few corners about where we now stand. Overwhelming scientific consensus, if anything’s solid, that is. They say we have to radically cut the use of fossil fuels, beginning now, aiming for termination a couple of decades from now. If not, we pass irreversible tipping points where there will be a steady decline to essentially destruction of organized human life on Earth. The other possibility is we do it quickly with a nuclear war.

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