Hamming Questions

My World’s Biggest Problems project is inspired by one of my favorite quotes:

— Richard Hamming, You and Your Research (via Paul Graham)

I paraphrase this idea into two questions:

  1. “What are the world’s biggest problems?”
  2. “Which ones are you solving?

Why don’t more people spend their time solving the hardest problems?

  1. It’s hard!
    • Fighting for The Good Future requires massive amounts of time, energy, and creativity.
  2. It’s scary!
  3. It’s expensive!
    • Most people are too busy solving their money problem to think about anything else.

My personal mission is to convince more people to solve The World’s Biggest Problems.

This idea is a work-in-progress. If you’d like to riff on it, hit me up @neilthanedar on Twitter.

Published by Neil Thanedar

Neil Thanedar is an entrepreneur, investor, scientist, altruist, and author. He is the founder & CEO of Utopic, his startup studio. He is also the founder & chairman of Air to All, a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical device startup, and Labdoor, a consumer watchdog with $7M+ in funding and 20M+ users. He previously co-founded Avomeen Analytical Services, a product development and testing lab acquired for $30M+ in 2016. He has worked with community organizations since 2007 and political campaigns since 2016 to fight for better education and economic opportunities in Michigan.