Katniss Everdeen: President Snow. What an honor.
President Snow: My dear, I think we can make this so much simpler. If we agree not to lie to each other, what do you think?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes, I think that would save time.
President Snow: Sit down, please.
Johanna Mason: How do we know the wire's not gonna burn up?
Beetee: Because I invented it. I assure you, it won't burn up. [they all look at each other for a moment]
Johanna Mason: Well, it's better than hunting them down.
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah, why not? If it fails, no harm done anyway, right?
Peeta Mellark: Alright, I say we try it.
Finnick Odair: So what can we do to help?
Beetee: Keep me alive for the next six hours. That would be extremely helpful.
--The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I think these two would are used for speculation or inference and no conditionals are implied here.
When used this way, is it a less definite form of will? PEU1 and Advanced Grammar in Use say little on this particular usage of would.
Can you please elaborate on this?
1. PEU = Michael Swan's, Practical English Usage.