The risks of the modern age present humanity with our greatest challenges yet.
What We Do
The world is facing a complexity crisis, created over time by the many moving parts that now converge and interact—billions of people and computers, endless books and websites, and stacks of regulations and legal documents. This rise of complexity leads to challenges that now threaten to overwhelm the human mind.
To address wickedly complex problems like climate change, environmental degradation, and risks posed by the rise of social media and artificial intelligence, we must first deal with the growing “complexity crisis” by developing more careful, more disciplined modes of thought.
Humanity 2050 brings a fresh approach to help take us out of this complexity crisis. Our team has analyzed human cognitive limits and developed new tools and strategies to help the mind work amidst this complexity. From innovative workshops and collaborative conferences to thought-provoking publications and strategic partnerships, Humanity 2050 is building the new toolkit to help create a livable human future for our children and grandchildren.
What’s Next for Humanity 2050?
In 2019, we are launching our first large-scale test of these cognitive tools, applying them to a looming, but underappreciated problem—climate engineering. As the world struggles with how to collectively address climate change, more and more scientists and policymakers are considering whether climate engineering could be used to cool the earth if global warming starts to spiral out of control.
Several studies suggest that spraying aerosols in the upper atmosphere could provide a relatively rapid, relatively inexpensive way of cooling the earth. However, there’s not enough data to make any precise predictions of how this might work, and it’s likely to affect the climate in other ways (with a serious risk that it will reduce rainfall in many areas). Additionally, any decision in this realm would require international cooperation.
It is entirely possible that this “devil’s choice”—so risky, so complex, and so contentious—will be forced upon us in the next ten years or so. At Humanity 2050, we see a need to get ahead of this decision-making process—thus we are employing our new methods for thought, mapping and analyzing all the factors involved in this complex problem, working with others, and preparing a plan of action that would be ready in case world leaders are forced to make a decision in crisis mode.
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Takes account of real-world complexity
Acknowledges the limits of the human mind
Produces ideas that are simple enough, yet effective enough, to address key challenges of the human future.