What is the most impactful problem to solve for humanity’s future today?

What is the most impactful problem to solve for humanity’s future today?

[ 18/7/20 ]

Indefinite life extension, which requires molecular level manufacturing technology, which is required for other things too.

Once all people have the option of living on indefinitely, with reasonable degrees of both security and freedom, then the incentive structures present in society change, and it becomes in everyone’s personal self interest to think about the long term impacts of actions.

We need all people to make their best efforts to do such long term thinking.

We need to acknowledge that freedom and security are both maximized in cooperative contexts, and we need to be realistic that cooperation requires sets of strategies to detect and remove cheating strategies if it is to survive.

We need to acknowledge that competitive systems remove both security and freedom in the long term.

We need to develop technologies that recycle everything, and minimize our destructive impacts on the natural ecosystems that we both need and enjoy.

We need to recognize and accept that diversity is the necessary product of freedom.

There is no requirement that life be simple – it is not.

We all have a tendency to over simplify complexity. To some degree that is inevitable and necessary, and if taken too far it is always dangerous.

We need to see that markets and money are very dangerous ideas in the presence of advanced automated technology, thus we need to move past using them as primary valuation mechanisms, and restrict their use to the domains where they are genuinely useful approximations to something.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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