I came across a new venture that's starting up with grand plans, and thought I'd bring it here for your perusal and comment. First of all, let me say that I am in no way involved with the creation. It's called The Human Project and what it is, is..... well.. I'll let the 'designers' tell you about it:
We're building a free iPad app. Not just any app. An app to start an epic conversation on the future of our species. We've done three years of exhaustive research. Developed the content. Assembled the team.
There are so many challenges that confront the species as a whole. The ones that get a lot of press (like climate change, food & water shortages, poverty, war, overpopulation and economic crises). The ones that don't (like comets and asteroids, extreme experiments in science, technological terror and error). The ones that we humans don't even imagine we can solve (like mega volcanoes, mega earthquakes, nearby supernova explosions, a dying sun, an aging universe). And there are plenty of visions too (like a space-faring civilization, transhumanism, zero carbon world, general artificial intelligence, the end of poverty, universal human rights, designing life and matter, zero nuclear weapons, the end of aging).
Everything is so fragmented. Every expert claims their issue matters most. Everyone fighting for their share of attention. So few have the big picture. Nobody seems to have their eye on the species as a whole.
After two and a half years of research it became pretty clear: we humans need a new way to look. We need to see ourselves as one species. Develop a big picture view and a grounded, coherent vision to guide us. We need to start asking the really big questions: Who do we want to become as a species? Where do we want to go next?
The Human Project App is the starting point for answering the really big questions.
Back to me :-)...
So, they put it on Kickstarter and the project's $25K target was met and passed in the first five days! And the plans got even grander. You can see more about this here.
What do you think of this? Can you see enough to have an idea of how it might be useful? Or what pitfalls you might anticipate?