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What if we had a world we could be proud of? We're saving humanity, one show at a time – because humans are definitely worth saving. This show is an innovation lab, where we figure out solutions to the big existential threats facing the human race – with a big focus on improving global cooperation. And we do it joyfully, because it helps to keep our spirits up. This show is aimed at a global audience. Experts and regular people will find this show useful and interesting. Topics include: clim ...
 
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We are facing several enormous risks to human civilization. These are global threats like climate change, destruction of nature, pandemics, nuclear weapons, wealth inequality and more – which no one country alone can solve. We need global systems to tackle these, but the United Nations is underfunded and lacks the necessary political support by the…
 
The celebrated 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change gave us a system where countries voluntarily do whatever they want. Recent analysis shows that countries’ commitments fall radically short of what’s needed to protect us from the global warming danger zone. And IPCC scientists warn us the climate is heating up faster than previously predicted. T…
 
Debates about right and wrong have been around as long as humanity. But now, as we face existential threats to human civilization, it forces us to reconsider morality. Some values-laden issues (poverty, race, war, environment) have been around for generations or even thousands of years, but now are deeply intertwined with our ability to survive cat…
 
Wealthier, well-vaccinated countries are starting to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to their general population. This is after several months of these countries hoarding COVID vaccines, keeping poorer countries from being vaccinated. Now, “We're planning to hand out extra life jackets to people who already have life jackets, while we're leaving oth…
 
Elon Musk is rich and famous as a technology innovator. Do you know of anyone rich and famous for their innovations to improve government? While billions are being spent to invent new technology, and tech leaders are idolized, government innovation is undervalued and ignored. We need to improve this if we want to save humanity from a catastrophic f…
 
Over many generations, humans have done extraordinary unintentional damage to the planet and to each other, simply by not understanding the impact of their behavior. We can forgive our ancestors, but we now have no excuse for being clueless. Powerful tools like computing, data collection and analysis, satellite imaging and modern research technique…
 
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Surprisingly, even with all this attention, few people are talking about solutions that can actually make ourselves safer from future pandemics coming out of labs. And even worse, we’re on the verge of really mismanaging the relationship with Ch…
 
This contains highlights from the longer presentation, in case you don’t have time to hear that entire presentation. You can find that longer show, along with links to resources, here:https://youtu.be/RiYwqXtKkN8 DONATE to help the Banyamulenge in Democratic Republic of Congo:https://bit.ly/3cEkcUt Connect and learn more:* https://www.joyofsavingth…
 
Interconnected global trade has brought more prosperity to more people than ever, allowing abundance (in some places) that our ancestors would have seen as magic. This modern globalized economy also allows us to devour the natural environment and warm the climate more efficiently than ever before. Our desire for electronics, beef, soy, palm oil – a…
 
I believe in vaccination, and I think COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. But I’m refusing mine. Listen and learn why. This episode is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/R4v_0U5-C20 Also, please listen to my longer, more thorough episode on pandemics:We Hate Pandemics: So why are we making more of them? | #6https://youtu.be/rzNcn2uDe…
 
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is probably just practice for other pandemics in the future, which might be far worse. We are creating this risk ourselves – destroying nature, warming the climate, allowing poverty to persist, eating meat, and even inventing dangerous new viruses in labs. And we still don’t have adequate global public health systems to prot…
 
Some of our new digital technologies are helping to tear our politics apart, make us more angry and hateful, and even make it impossible to know what’s true. Facebook gets a lot of the negative attention (rightfully), but the problem is so much bigger. Our society is clearly not dealing with these technologies effectively. Basically, people are all…
 
Humans are pretty damn smart. Our technological innovations are nearly magic, including inventions our ancestors could not have even imagined. But if we’re so smart, why do we create technology that is so destructive to our health and the natural environment – and even threaten our future with pandemics or other emergencies? Are we really as smart …
 
Immigration has been a big challenge for many countries, and has been a source of conflict and frustration. But if we can’t handle today’s migrants, how will we handle the 2 Billion migrants we might see over the next 50 years? That’s the future of climate change, as many countries will be become too hot for humans to live. If we are not careful, t…
 
In a bit over 200 years, the human population went from 1 billion to 7.8 billion. In this very short amount of time we had an 8-fold increase in humans on the planet. The planet was not ready. Busy, clever humanity quickly chopped up and devoured the Earth. Homo sapiens (humans) used to be simply one species among many in nature. Now, humans have s…
 
The human race really is worth saving, you know. And it will take some work – most importantly, making global systems that can deal with our global threats. These include climate, environment, pandemics, migration, technology, the world economy, nuclear weapons and more. No one country can solve these on its own. We’re all in this together. We need…
 
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