Oligarchical-Libertarian-Surveillance States

If you look at all the possible futures of humanity, I think many of the futures with civilizations still existing are going to be oligarchical-libertarian-surveillance states. This is a blend of intelligent leadership, maximal freedom (within limits), and maximum security (in order to reduce extinction risks from omnicidal agents). Oligarchical: rule by the elites. By… Continue reading Oligarchical-Libertarian-Surveillance States

Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

Update: My team's paper earned the coveted Outstanding rating! Further, our paper won the Rachel Carson award, which "is presented to a team selected by the Head Judge of ICM Problem E for excellence in using scientific theory and data in its modeling." Over 4,800 collegiate teams from around the world were competing in Problem… Continue reading Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

The DoD can Further Optimize its Retirement System

BLUF: The DoD could probably save money, increase servicemember compensation, and better optimize talent management if it further increased TSP contributions while reducing 20-year retirement pensions. Introduction to the Military Retirement: For decades, the DoD had a retirement system where after 20 years of active-duty service (and upon leaving the service) a servicemember (SM) was entitled… Continue reading The DoD can Further Optimize its Retirement System

A Singleton Government is not as Dangerous as Omnicidal Agents

Back in November of 2018, I had a brief discussion with the economist (polymath, really) Robin Hanson on Twitter and I'm pretty sure I inspired him to write this blog post.Β  We were discussing essentially whether a strong, central government or free individual agents are going to pose a greater threat to future society.Β  He… Continue reading A Singleton Government is not as Dangerous as Omnicidal Agents

We Should Have Prevented Other Countries from Ever Obtaining Nukes

Ever since nuclear weapons fell into the hands of the USSR and other countries beyond the United States, human civilization has been under tremendous risk of extinction. For decades now, the Doomsday clock has ticked perilously close to midnight; we continue to flirt with disaster which could strike once any nuclear leader falls into a… Continue reading We Should Have Prevented Other Countries from Ever Obtaining Nukes