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Forecasting can help us get a better sense of what will happen in the future, so that we can prepare appropriately. It is a significant aspect of EA strategy around pandemic preparedness (see biosecurity), AI alignment, animal product alternatives, and many other topics. 

Further reading

Evidence on good forecasting practices from the Good Judgment Project: an accompanying blog post

AI forecasting | estimating existential risk | improving institutional decision-making | Metaculus | model uncertainty | prediction markets | value of information