Many people are confused about global warming. But the science is actually pretty simple. Keep reading to learn more.
Quantum computers will transform the world. This post explains how they work, in an accessible manner that doesn’t misrepresent the science.
The free market doesn’t provide much incentive for companies to pursue not-soon-to-be-commercializable science. In academia, many of the benefits of market forces are lost – such as Darwinian competition for best practices and the ability of start-ups to “disrupt” the establishment. A third strategy would be for governments to create large prizes for scientific advancements, spurring companies to pursue scientific research.
Most nutrition advice is either unscientific (eg. “cut out all carbs!”), or ignores human psychology (eg. “just eat less!”). Read this to learn heathy and effective diet advice that’s based on science and doesn’t leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied.
Many people are willing to take on large risks in business, yet almost no one donates to charity in this manner. If anything, we should be even riskier with our donations. Charities that focus on existential risks – like the threat of extinction from human level artificial intelligence – appear to be particularly good opportunities for doing a lot of good.
There are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Yet the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has come up empty while looking for alien signals. Some “great filter” likely exists, preventing life from developing or progressing to colonize the galaxy. Perhaps this filter is the unusually high intelligence that humans possess.
Efforts to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote seem unlikely to pass. A much simpler plan could at least put California and Texas in play. These states could each assign their electoral votes proportionately instead of through “winner-take-all.”
Each vote from a swing state has a small chance of swaying the election. Due to the scale of the US government and the special threats that Donald Trump presents, the expected value from each of these votes is immense.
Computers have seen exponential gains since 1890, and will continue to do so for decades. We use computers to build the next generation of computers, and this positive feedback loop allows for persistent growth. Demand for further improvements is kept high by new applications on the horizon.
Many different countries have attempted to copy Silicon Valley (and failed). These attempts usually consists of incentivizing entrepreneurship and related activities. Silicon Valley achieved its prominence after billions of dollars invested in military technologies was cut, and many well-connected engineers became unemployed in the same area.