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  • Meta
    • Why write publicly about these things?
      • Primarily due to role models like Gwern, Eliezer, etc.
  • Longevity
  • Nootropics
    • We have to do the best we can with the machine we have (our brains) until we can create something better (BCIs?)
  • The end of Moores law / The far-future of computing
    • The way forward: Memristors, quantum computing?
    • What are the consequences if we’ve really reached the end? How long do we expect it to last?
  • Self-management
    • Valves model
      • The Valve Handbook for New Employees (2012): http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf
      • Gabe Newell comments (2017): https://youtu.be/YpaNnX_9Q5s?t=3m8s
    • Why don’t more companies use this model?
      • Maybe because it’s difficult for most people to work within this model. Requires self-driven individuals.
  • AI
  • Computer Interaction in the Future
    • VR/AR
      • Might warrant an article in itself
    • The issue of computer-human bandwidth
    • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Future of Education
    • Should governments incentivize learning by paying the unemployed to go to school?
    • Will MOOCs ever reach maturity?
      • Maybe with the help of government sponsoring
  • Future of Personal Data
    • Security concerns
    • Should we use something like Syncthing to provide sync and git to provide integrity/versioning?
    • How do we deal with data generated/stored by social media services? Can we extract it?
    • How do we get the most value out of this data?
  • Open sourcing everything
    • What could other fields learn? Why is open source so successful in software development but not in other areas?
    • Does Open Hardware have a future, and if so, when?
      • Likely when barrier to getting custom PCBs/circuits is lowered significantly
  • Simulation hypothesis
    • The question if we’re in a simulation is not really that interesting due to the sheer difficulty of the question. A much more interesting question would be if we could simulate a (micro)universe ourselves.
    • What room is there for optimization? Are suns millions of lightyears away really having all their particles simulated?
  • Cryptocurrency
    • How will/should governments deal with it?
  • How to capture created value in open source (how to make a profit writing open source software)
    • We have workable solutions for enterprise software, but not very good ones for consumer/user-centered software.