What are “Utils”

Utils are the economic units of happiness. The total amount of utils in the universe’s existence is the total joy minus suffering that is ever experienced.

Thinking Of Utils is a blog that explores ways to increase this total amount of utils through scientific, technological, and economic means.

Scientific advancement allows for improved technology, and technology has the power to enrich or to hinder the human condition. Certain hypothetical future technologies – including nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, and computer technologies – may have a particularly large effect on worldwide happiness.

The distribution of resources in an economy likewise has a large effect on happiness, so economic factors are also examined.

Thinking Of Utils is run by Daniel Eth, a PhD student at UCLA.  Daniel’s research is in the field of computational nanotechnology.