The World’s Biggest Problems

An Effective Altruist‘s Guide to New Ideas

These are my rankings of the world’s top 20 problems and 100 potential solutions.

  • Three of my startups, Utopic, Labdoor, and Air to All, are based on these ideas.
    • I want to invest my time, money, and passion into all 100 solutions in my lifetime.
  • I’m writing one post on each of these 120 ideas. This will be a book when it’s all done!

Mission: Solve The World’s Biggest Problems!

  • There are way too many important problems in the world for any one person to solve.
  • I’m sharing these ideas so we can get more people organized around all of these problems!

Are you working on one of these problems or solutions? I want to talk with you!

  • Tweet or DM me @neilthanedar and tell me what you’re building!
  • I’m writing this book in public to inspire more people to work on these problems together transparently.

Contents:

Introduction: The Good Future
Problem #1: Money
Problem #2: Ambition
Problem #3: Access
  • Solution #11: Open Banking
  • Solution #12: Open Crowdfunding
  • Solution #13: Open Access Movement
  • Solution #14: Open Patents
  • Solution #15: OpenAI for Data
Problem #4: Abundance
  • Solution #16: YC for Manufacturing
  • Solution #17: Universal Food Security
  • Solution #18: Federal Job Guarantees
  • Solution #19: Rise of Human Jobs
  • Solution #20: Social Investments
Problem #5: Attention
  • Solution #21: Real Real GDP
  • Solution #22: Long-Term News
  • Solution #23: Independent Auditors
  • Solution #24: Build A Third Brain
  • Solution #25: Open Metaverse
Problem #6: Freedom
  • Solution #26: Cryptocountries
  • Solution #27: DAOs for Everything
  • Solution #28: Zero-Knowledge Services
  • Solution #29: The Rise of Pseudonyms
  • Solution #30: Distributed Internet
Problem #7: Authoritarianism
Problem #8: Government
  • Solution #36: Public Ventures
  • Solution #37: Redistribute Spending
  • Solution #38: Open Public Contracts
  • Solution #39: Digital Dollars
  • Solution #40: New Bill of Rights
Problem #9: Science
  • Solution #41: Commodify Detoxification
  • Solution #42: OpenAI for Biology
  • Solution #43: DNA Composer
  • Solution #44: Commodify Lab Testing
  • Solution #45: Petrochemical Alternatives
Problem #10: Environment
  • Solution #46: Defend Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Solution #47: Protect Amazon Rainforest
  • Solution #48: Defend Great Lakes
  • Solution #49: Commodify Desalination
  • Solution #50: Filtering Faucet
Problem #11: Energy
  • Solution #51: Normalize Elemental Power
  • Solution #52: Decentralized Utilities
  • Solution #53: Commodify Decarbonization
  • Solution #54: Modern HVAC
  • Solution #55: Moore’s Law for Everything
Problem #12: Education
  • Solution #56: Universal Preschool
  • Solution #57: Montessori K-12 Schools
  • Solution #58: Microschool Platforms
  • Solution #59: Full-Stack Schools
  • Solution #60: MOOCs for Everything
Problem #13: Healthcare
  • Solution #61: Universal Healthcare
  • Solution #62: Nonprofit Therapeutics
  • Solution #63: Decentralized Clinical Trials
  • Solution #63: Personalized Medicine
  • Solution #65: Consumer Diagnostics
Problem #14: Depression
  • Solution #66: Hyperthymic Antidepressants
  • Solution #67: Secure Firearms
  • Solution #68: Trusted Therapy Network
  • Solution #69: AA for Everything
  • Solution #70: AI as Companion
Problem #15: Politics
  • Solution #71: Ranked Voting
  • Solution #72: Cryptographic Voting
  • Solution #73: YC for Politicians
  • Solution #74: Independents Movement
  • Solution #75: The Arena
Problem #16: Regulations
  • Solution #76: Decentralized FDA
  • Solution #77: Independent Testing
  • Solution #78: Crypto Certifications
  • Solution #79: Ban Carcinogens
  • Solution #80: Ban Endocrine Disruptors
Problem #17: Mittelstands
Problem #18: Peace
  • Solution #86: Universalism
  • Solution #87: International Peace Corps
  • Solution #88: Sanctuary Countries
  • Solution #89: Legalize Psychedelics
  • Solution #90: Utopiaforming
Problem #19: History
  • Solution #91: Recreate Ancient Foods
  • Solution #92: Modern Ethnobiology
  • Solution #93: Record All Languages
  • Solution #94: Record Many Histories
  • Solution #95: Open World Library
Problem #20: Exploration
  • Solution #96: Commodify Space Travel
  • Solution #97: New ISS
  • Solution #98: New Hubble
  • Solution #99: Map Our Universe
  • Solution #100: ISS Enterprise

The most ambitious projects require optimistic builders working together. We need hundreds of these projects now. Let’s solve the World’s Biggest Problems!