EXPLORATIONS ON THE
FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION
Some of the central questions being explored here:
- How do we create a world that is antifragile factoring increasingly decentralized exponential technologies?
- What would it take to achieve effective global coordination such that humanity could do both long range comprehensive planning and factor new information with fast processing cycles?
- With the first fully globalized civilization, how do we avoid the collapse fate that has befallen all previous civilizations?
- How do we do adequate safety analysis on radically unprecedented, complex, and consequential technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology? Moreover, how do we bind the development of these technologies to those safety analyses and ensure that they are neither weaponized nor deployed negligently?
- How would we best
- Identify and internalize externalities in the decision making process?
- Identify and remove perverse economic interests systemically?
- Identify and remove (the basis for) corruption, without debasing creative agency?
- Bind predative power asymmetries where said asymmetries tend to confer the power to protect and advance themselves?
- Account for types of value that are real but aren’t quantifiable, extractable, and exchangeable, in relationship to the types of value that are…factoring the relative power conferred by the latter type?
- How can we change the topology of incentive landscapes in the direction towards long term life enhancement?
- How do we close the niches for predatory behavior?
- How can we better bind wisdom and influence?
- What are effective types of immune systems for corruption in governance systems?
- How can we develop processes for collective intelligence that get smarter per capita with scale?
- How do we comprehensively disincentivize misinformation and harm to the information ecology and epistemic commons?
- How do we develop authentic virtue in people while disincentivizing virtue signaling?
- Immediately, how do we make it through an increasingly multi-polar world, caught in economic extraction races as we near ecological limits of growth, empowered by increasingly catastrophic weapons and tools for increasingly effective widespread disinformation?
What can we trust? Why is the “information Ecology” so damaged, and what would it take to make it healthy?
In this sequel Daniel Schmachtenberger talks about how information is weaponised by all sides, and how to survive in an environment where nothing can be trusted.
In the popular film War on Sensemaking, existential risk analyst Daniel Schmachtenberger laid out how the information ecology was fundamentally broken.
In this second episode of the Portal to be released during shelter-in-place restrictions during the Corona Virus Pandemic, we release an older discussion with Daniel Shmachtenberger on whether there is any plausible long term scenario for human flourishing confined to a single shared planet.
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