“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.”
– William Gibson
Hey, I’m Anirudh Pai and I’ve always been interested in ideas at the intersection of tech, history, and economics – looking at the ways in which we can evenly spread the future.
The ancient Greeks believed that between the two, understanding the past was several orders of magnitude harder than predicting the future. Indeed, we perpetually find ourselves adrift in this highly complicated world with nothing, not even a life jacket, to sustain us.
To this end, I want to illuminate people on how I think certain systems have evolved over time, so that we’re all prepared for the bizarre future that awaits us.
Some things I think about:
Why has capital stopped flowing from rich countries to poor countries i.e. the Lucas Paradox?
How can we remove ideology from academia? To what extent does academia have to be political; why don’t we have more pure research institutions like the HHMI?
Why has US GDP growth been linear for the last 150 years? (h/t Patrick Collison).
How can we lure more bright people from prestige professions (finance, law, and media) into engineering?
What are some ways we can “watch the watchmen?” How can we institute checks and balances on the media?
Is the fact that nobody lives underwater an economic constraint or a physical constraint?
Why don’t we financially pursue buildings within our oceans? What technical knowledge are we lacking or is it just the will to do so?
Web browsers have been relatively the same for decades, can we build something better? Will crypto play a role?
How do we develop the developed world?
Can we make another religious city? Does Silicon Valley technically embody the paradigm of the great cities before: Jerusalem, Constantinople, the Vatican, etc.?