Flour­ish­ing futures

TagLast edit: 7 Jan 2022 19:35 UTC by Pablo

It seems possible that the long-term future could take some extremely good forms. Such futures could be described as flourishing futures, utopias, ideal futures, or simply (highly) positive futures.

It could be important to consider what types of flourishing future are possible, how good each would be, how likely each is, and what would make these futures more or less likely. Reasons why this might be important include the following:

Further reading

Bostrom, Nick (2008) Letter from utopia, Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology, vol. 2.

Cotton-Barratt, Owen & Toby Ord (2015) Existential risk and existential hope: Definitions, Technical Report #2015-1, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford.

Ord, Toby (2020) The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, chapter 8, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Fun Theory, LessWrong

Sandberg, Anders (2020) Post scarcity civilizations & cognitive enhancement, Foresight Institute, September 4.

Wiblin, Robert & Keiran Harris (2018) The world’s most intellectual foundation is hiring. Holden Karnofsky, founder of GiveWell, on how philanthropy can have maximum impact by taking big risks, 80,000 Hours, February 27.

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