The world is doing a lot better than you think
Worth the read, thanks. One point on population and poverty - even though 125,000 more people rose out of extreme poverty each day the total population rose by 190,000. Not sure where the 65,000 end up. Unfortunately I expect there are more people in poverty now than at any time in history, probably more than the entire pre-industrial population, so I am a bit wary of claiming poverty reduction as a great victory for industrialization.
Great interview Sam! You two are very much bird of a feather! In defense of the doom and gloom community--it is our warnings and focus on the negatives that drives the reforms and improvements worldwide that you note! Neither community can exist without the other!
Great interview, but saying that malaria has killed more people than any other disease in human history is a stretch. I’m sure there is disagreement among experts, and I’m no expert, but I side with the people who think that honor belongs to smallpox.
I agree! People are driven as much by optimism as pessimism. How else to account for the cross cultural, cross-temporal popularity of gambling? Reward maximation prevails over loss minimization. You'll note a turn toward optimism in my writings about AI in the last three months! I'm betting on a bright future.