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What EA projects could grow to become megaprojects, eventually spending $100m per year?
Sep 18, 2021
I hope it’s ok to mention something I’d like to do at Foresight Institute:
Crowdsource + Crowdfund Civilization Tech Map
this map for Civilizational Self-Realization
(scroll to end of article) to create an interactive technology map for positive long-term futures that is crowdsourced (Wikipedia-style) and allows crowdfunding (Kickstarter-style)
The map surveys the ecosystem of areas relevant for civilizational long-term flourishing, from health, AI, computing, biotech, nanotech, neurotech, energy, space tech, etc.
The map branches out into milestones in each area, and either lists projects solving them, or requests projects to solve them, including options to fund either
Crowdsourcing of milestones and requests for projects will get it very wrong at first but can get continuously course corrected, e.g. via prediction markets
Crowdfunding makes more and more people have skin in the game for the long-term future, e.g. via tokenization, retroactive public goods funding, or a similar mechanism
In sum, the map can serve as a north star to coordinate those seeking to work toward positive futures and those seeking to fund such work.