The 3 Important Things to Do for Humanity

earth2I’m spending some time thinking about what are the most important endeavors worth pursuing for humanity, what should be on our “agenda”. I find that there is often confusion and conflict (when not oblivion) when it comes to these topics. Perhaps because many of the important things to do are interrelated and some are even conflicted with each other. To clarify this in mind, I have grouped them on three main categories. I know it might sound pretentious to suggest how to group humanity’s biggest challenges. However I believe it’s extremely important to think about these topics, so we can make better decisions on what are we going to invest our individual and collective time, resources and talents.

So, I believe that the most important things for humanity to do can be grouped in these three categories: to survive, to distribute and to progress.

1. Survive

There are many existential threats that endanger the existence of civilization, humanity and life on Earth. Despite the great progress that we made since our times as cavemen increasing our survival chances, there are still many big threats that are out of our control, and some that actually we created ourselves. Our most basic and important challenge is to insure the preservation of life and humanity on Earth, and there are many things to do in this regard. Some of the existential threats identified by experts are:

  • Environmental degradation
  • Climate change
  • Economic collapse
  • Pandemics
  • Bio-tech gone wrong
  • Nuclear war
  • Chemical war
  • A.I. gone wrong
  • Natural disasters
  • Asteroids and similar
  • Sun eruptions and lifecycle

2. Distribute

Despite the amazing progress that humanity has experienced, the gains are still extremely unequally distributed. Most of humanity still lives in primitive conditions, without access to clean water, sustainable food, healthcare, education, freedom and general wellbeing. Although globalization has been bringing technological advancement to the undeveloped world, there is still a huge amounts of work needed to be done. We must do this because it’s fair. The main areas of distribution include:

  • Clean water
  • Sustainable food supply
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Freedom
  • Peace
  • Justice
  • Material prosperity
  • Technological comfort

3. Progress

Accepting that what we have accomplished so far is the best that we can do would be sad, uninspiring and I believe against the nature of humanity, life and the Cosmos. If we think about the progression of events in history, we can see a clear trend towards more complexity, higher awareness, connectedness and the expansion of life. Since the emergence of humanity, we have used technology to improve our condition. Perhaps our most important challenge and highest purpose is to continue this progress. As the highest expression of life on Earth, I believe that we humans have the responsibility to bring it to the next level and expand it beyond our confinements. I that sense some areas of progress include:

  • 3D-printing and manufacturing technologies
  • Internet of things
  • Cure of diseases, aging, health progress
  • Bio-technology, genetics
  • Nanotechnology
  • A.I. and robotics
  • Quantum computing
  • Materials sciences
  • Basic science
  • Energy technologies
  • Transportation technologies
  • Communication technologies
  • Urbanization technologies
  • Space exploration and colonization

Some of these challenges are conflicting in some cases. For example, if we were to make everyone in the world live with the comfort that people in the developed world have with today’s technologies, we would destroy Earth natural resources up to a collapse (we would actually need about 5 Earths of natural resources). Another example of a conflict is when endeavors of technological progress have the risk of going wrong, potentially causing existential threats (A.I., Bio-tech, Nuclear). However, I personally believe that they actually have more synergies than conflicts. In the past we’ve seen that when we make technological breakthroughs, we generate gains that gets distributed globally and make everyone better off. And when we distribute, we put more educated brains to work on the problems of progress and survival. So it’s my opinion that as humanity we must work tirelessly and passionately on all these three areas, prioritizing always with the highest possible perspective.

What do you think?

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