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How to Think About Our Problems

humanprogress.org

Outlining types of future problems

There are different types of problems that we will face now and in the future.

We need to evaluate the degree of “alarm” with which those problems should be treated.

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Known problems with known solutions include the following:

  • Global warming. It is partly caused by excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 emissions come from energy generation and can be replaced by nuclear power.
  • Declining freshwater reserve...

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Known problems to which solutions are not only imaginable but (probably) within reach include:

  • Malaria: Like smallpox that was fully eradicated in 1980, it is not much of a stretch to think that Malaria will be defeated through a combination of genetic engineering, i...

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Known problems without readily imaginable or implementable solutions include:

  • Nuclear weapons: Governments in possession of nuclear weapons are unlikely to abandon them. The technology cannot be unlearned. We can only hope that the number of nuclear warheads is reduc...

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Some known problems cannot be addressed by humans on Earth, and include:

  • The eventual exhaustion of hydrogen in the Sun and the star's transformation.
  • A sudden appearance of a black hole that could consume our planet.
  • A burst of gamma rays from a close supernova tha...

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