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’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: Maximize Human Potential
Problem #2: Democratize Abundance
Problem #3: Protect Individual Liberties
  • Solution #11: Cryptocountries
  • Solution #12: DAOs for Everything
  • Solution #13: Zero-Knowledge Services
  • Solution #14: The Rise of Pseudonyms
  • Solution #15: Distributed Internet
Problem #4: Counter Authoritarianism
  • Solution #16: Pax Internet
  • Solution #17: Satyagraha Club
  • Solution #18: Unbundle The Police
  • Solution #19: Civil Justice Reforms
  • Solution #20: Open Metaverse
Problem #5: End Poverty
  • Solution #21: Rise of Human Jobs
  • Solution #22: Social Investments
  • Solution #23: Federal Job Guarantees
  • Solution #24: International Peace Corps
  • Solution #25: Peak (and Decline) Population
Problem #6: Optimize Science For Good
  • Solution #26: Commodify Detoxification
  • Solution #27: OpenAI for Biology
  • Solution #28: DNA Composer
  • Solution #29: Commodify Lab Testing
  • Solution #30: Petrochemical Alternatives
Problem #7: Scale Clean Energy Cheaply
  • Solution #31: Commodify Decarbonization
  • Solution #32: Normalize Nuclear Energy
  • Solution #33: Decentralized Utilities
  • Solution #34: Modern HVAC
  • Solution #35: Moore’s Law for Everything
Problem #8: Scale Quality Education Cheaply
  • Solution #36: Universal Preschool
  • Solution #37: Personalized Learning
  • Solution #38: Microschool Platform
  • Solution #39: Full-Stack Schools
  • Solution #40: ISAs for Everyone
Problem #9: Scale Quality Healthcare Cheaply
  • Solution #41: Universal Healthcare
  • Solution #42: Nonprofit Therapeutics
  • Solution #43: Decentralized Clinical Trials
  • Solution #44: Personalized Medicine
  • Solution #45: Consumer Diagnostics
Problem #10: Optimize Government for Good
  • Solution #46: Redistribute Spending
  • Solution #47: New Bill of Rights
  • Solution #48: Open Public Contracts
  • Solution #49: Independent Auditors
  • Solution #50: Digital Dollars
Problem #11: Scale Quality Information Cheaply
  • Solution #51: OpenAI for Data
  • Solution #52: Open Access Movement
  • Solution #53: Decentralized Hosting
  • Solution #54: Long-Term News
  • Solution #55: Build A Third Brain
Problem #12: Prevent Suicides
  • Solution #56: Hyperthymic Antidepressants
  • Solution #57: Secure Firearms
  • Solution #58: Trusted Therapy Network
  • Solution #59: AA for Everything
  • Solution #60: AI as Companion
Problem #13: Defend Air and Water
  • Solution #61: Defend Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Solution #62: Protect Amazon Rainforest
  • Solution #63: Defend Great Lakes
  • Solution #64: Commodify Desalination
  • Solution #65: Filtering Faucet
Problem #14: Regulate Supply Chain
  • Solution #66: Decentralized FDA
  • Solution #67: Independent Testing
  • Solution #68: Crypto Certifications
  • Solution #69: Ban Carcinogens
  • Solution #70: Ban Endocrine Disruptors
Problem #15: Recruit Independents into Politics
  • Solution #71: Ranked Voting
  • Solution #72: Cryptographic Voting
  • Solution #73: YC for Politicians
  • Solution #74: Independents Movement
  • Solution #75: End Majority Rule
Problem #16: Promote Independent Businesses
Problem #17: Value Impact > Labor > Capital
  • Solution #81: Real Real GDP
  • Solution #82: Open Banking Platform
  • Solution #83: Nonprofit Startups
  • Solution #84: YC for Nonprofits
  • Solution #85: Everyday Activism
Problem #18: Promote Peace
  • Solution #86: Universalism
  • Solution #87: Utopiaforming
  • Solution #88: Demilitarize Earth
  • Solution #89: Sanctuary Countries
  • Solution #90: Legalize Psychedelics
Problem #19: Study History
  • Solution #91: Record All Languages
  • Solution #92: Record Many Histories
  • Solution #93: Open World Library
  • Solution #94: Modern Ethnobiology
  • Solution #95: Recreate Ancient Foods
Problem #20: Explore the Universe
  • 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!