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Protecting Humanity

by edlu | on Feb 24, 2012 | No Comments

I gave a talk yesterday at Google about protecting humanity. We had a good discussion about
the best way to fund projects that are trying to ensure the long term survival of humanity.
Corporations are in general bad at funding projects with benefits that are potentially
off in the distant future. And governments are bad at funding such projects too when there
isn’t a concrete threat (i.e. with known time/place etc) and there isn’t
a natural constituency that directly benefits from the program.

For example, I made the argument that work such as what we are doing at the B612 Foundation (www.b612foundation.org) may actually be amongst the most important works on Earth, but does not have any government or corporate support.

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