Most of my work is ultimately about trying to make the long-term future go well -- a project often associated with "longtermism" (see Ord (2020) and MacAskill (2022) for introductions). I've written a number of essays on why I think this is important.
- "Actually possible: thoughts on Utopia" describes just how profoundly good life in the future could be -- something that I think often goes underestimated.
- "On future people, looking back on 21st century longtermism" offers an intuition pump for a certain kind of "holy shit" reaction to our place in history, and to the stakes of our choices.
- "Against neutrality about creating happy lives" argues, pace some philosophers, that creating new happy lives is good -- a claim that matters for longtermism because the future may be a source of an astronomic number of new happy lives.
I'm hoping to write more in future about different strands of longtermism, about the notion of a "long reflection," and the pitfalls of some common ontologies people use for thinking about the values that guide the future.
An intuition pump for a certain kind of “holy sh**” reaction to existential risk, and to the possible size and quality of the future at stake.
Making happy people is good. Just ask the golden rule.
There are oceans we have barely dipped a toe into. There are drums and symphonies we can barely hear. There are suns whose heat we can barely feel on our skin.