Posts by Carl O. Pabo
What Are the “100 Great Books for a Human Future”?
What are the 100 best books to help humanity prepare for the challenges of the human future? Which can best train our minds—showing the problems, the possibilities, the hope—as we try to build a world that we’ll be proud to pass along to our children and grandchildren? Books have a power to help shape the…Read More
How a Notebook Empowers Thought
A notebook can be a powerful tool, helping you learn how to think more clearly. At Humanity 2050—where we focus on thinking about long-term challenges of the human future—we certainly need the kind of careful, deliberative frames of thought that can be cultivated by using a notebook. (Obviously, some of the specific ideas that…Read More
Cognition, Complexity, and Humanity2050.org
What will it take to address our key global challenges and thus help ensure a livable human future? How can we develop a useful strategy, working with others and coordinating efforts around the globe? I am writing to introduce Humanity 2050 (humanity2050.org) and to advocate a more comprehensive, coherent way of thinking about the human…Read More
AI, Democracy, and the Human Future
Just a few days ago, officials in Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot. One might laugh this off as a PR stunt designed to showcase recent work on AI, but this raises serious issues that will affect the whole future of our species. When we look at this event in a larger context,…Read More
Helping Democracy Think
My time as a Visiting Professor at Caltech went quickly: I’ve moved back to San Francisco and had fun hiking again in the hills near Muir Woods. I’ll miss my friends and the students at Caltech, but it’s exciting to be back, ready to finish my book, ready to start my new institute and help…Read More
Hope for the Human Future
I’m having fun at Caltech – teaching my course on “The World in 2050,” having dinner with friends and colleagues, meeting for coffee at the Red Door Café, hearing about some of the latest advances in science. Yet – in my lectures – I’m focused on these tough “Zone IV challenges,” problems (as mentioned in…Read More
Is Human Thought Ready for the Human Future?
After working for years on Thought++, developing new ways to think about complex problems, it’s exciting to start this blog. And it’s wonderful to be here at Caltech as a Visiting Professor, giving my new course on “The World in 2050.” This class, which just started a few weeks ago, will focus on the cognitive…Read More