This podcast episode of #techWontSaveUs explores why billionaires don't see the climate crisis as a threat to themselves, unless it's runaway climate change where Earth might become like Venus.
@njoseph I first encountered views like this in the late 1990s or early 2000s, when the BigTech oligarchs were just starting what were to become their online monopolies. My first thought was "this is bunk". It's a very self-serving sort of narrative.
But it's worse than merely being self-serving. If we go back to Bostrom, complexity theory tells us that we can't know the distant future. The only way to get from point A to point B on the timeline of a highly complex system like the world ecosystem is *to run the simulation itself*. We can make guesses, but there is no mathematical shortcut.
So all this stuff about simulated people in the future is just guesswork based upon contemporary assumptions, which are likely to be wrong.
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