Innovations for Fertility

Many people argue that fertility rates are lower than they should be and that society is approaching a phase of where population begins to decline, ending our main source of economic growth and prosperity. To this point, fertility rates are already below replacement in many developed countries and are rapidly decreasing in developing countries, creatingContinue reading “Innovations for Fertility”

Thoughts on Existential Risk

Existential Risk is an important topic for long-termists. The idea being that since humanity has the potential to spread to the universe (or at least continue existing), any extinction event would prevent potentially trillions of happy lives from occurring. In other words, extinction has a high opportunity cost. Nick Bostrom refers to this as “AstronomicalContinue reading “Thoughts on Existential Risk”

Is Immortality Ethical?

Summary: At a steady state of population, extended lifespan means taking resources away from other potential people. Technology for extended life may not be ethical in this case. Because we are not in steady state, this does not argue against working on life extension technology today. Many people research radical life extension, dreaming of aContinue reading “Is Immortality Ethical?”

The Archipelago, Part 3: Practical Concerns

Part of a series on the Archipelago: Part 1, Part 2 For this final post in the series on the Archipelago, I want to look at some practical concerns we might find there. One major unsolved issue is macroeconomics. Since the Archipelago will likely maintain a common currency (in addition to local currencies at theContinue reading “The Archipelago, Part 3: Practical Concerns”

The Archipelago, Part 2: Theory

Part of a series on the Archipelago: Part 1, Part 3 In Part 1 of this series, I discussed Scott Alexander’s Archipelago. In short, by having different states compete for citizens, the Archipelago encourages states to create public goods (like in the Tiebout model) and provide competent governance. Additionally, the diverse governance this creates canContinue reading “The Archipelago, Part 2: Theory”

The Archipelago, Part 1: Introduction

Part of a series on the Archipelago: Part 2, Part 3 Summary: Introduce Scott Alexander’s Archipelago Communitarianism and highlight it’s potential as a system of governance. Scott Alexander’s piece Archipelago and Atomic Communitarianism identifies a tension between the liberal principle of “Do as you will, so long as it harms none” and the reality thatContinue reading “The Archipelago, Part 1: Introduction”

A List of Major, Future Innovations

Note: this list is continually edited and will change over time. Spending time on social media or reading the news, I am struck by the negative outlook most people hold for the future of the planet. Survey data seem to agree with this observation. This is in sharp contrast to the spectacular improvements in theContinue reading “A List of Major, Future Innovations”