MORE IDEAS FROM How to Think About Our Problems
Known problems with known solutions include the following:
Once the gravity of these problems becomes apparent to a critical mass of humanity, solutions would be put in motion.
Some known problems cannot be addressed by humans on Earth, and include:
We don't have implementable solutions to these problems, but we also cannot worry about everything. We can only address issues as they arise.
Known problems without readily imaginable or implementable solutions include:
Safety protocols aimed at preventing accidental nuclear conflict and ethical standards in AI development will be useful, although rogue agents can still sow chaos.
Known problems to which solutions are not only imaginable but (probably) within reach include:
These problems are bound to cause suffering until an appropriate solution is found.
That’s a self-imposed and self-limiting belief. Stop that.
Creativity is a requirement for problem-solving and we all problem-solve. Acknowledge that you're inherently creative, and then start tearing down the other barriers in your mind.
Looking at the rise and fall of historical civilizations, the forces that precipitate or delay a collapse can tell us about our own.
We can define collapse as a rapid and enduring loss of population, identity, and socio-economic complexity. Public services fold, and chaos ensues as the government loses control.
Some past civilizations recovered, such as the Chinese and Egyptian. Other collapses were permanent. Sometimes the epicenter is revived, such as Rome. In other cases, they are left abandoned, as was the case with the Mayan ruins.
In the middle of an unpredictable pandemic, climate crisis, global unrest and inequality, a couple of extremely wealthy men took space rides in their multi-million dollar spaceships.
The efforts may seem like vanity projects, but there is underlying motivation to colonize space, a galactic goal that has surfaced in the last century.
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