- The shortness of life. Often people work entire careers to make breakthroughs and are forced to stop at a critical point because of disease or death. Some of this information can be passed on, but huge momentum is often lost because wisdom comes with experience, not knowledge.
- Limitations in collaboration because of various barriers. This may be language, distance, or even the fact that you didn’t know someone else was working on the same problem.
- Financial or power incentive to block other people from progressing. Protecting IP at the cost of greater progress.
There are other problems as well, and even the ones I’ve listed here are extremely complex… but this is what I want to spend more time thinking about.
I believe the human race is facing some major problems that have solutions. Solutions that will be found eventually, but that could be found MUCH faster.
My current plan is to keep thinking about problem solving, and systems that could be used to improve the efficiency of solving major problems. Current technology makes this more feasible than ever before, but I still haven’t found great systems that allow for massive collaboration on massive problems.
I’ll try to post more as I make progress on this!