Asking the toughest of tough questions
If we step back and take a macro view of our world and the myriad of trends fashioning it, I find the most interesting questions coming from the following unanswerable questions that no one seems to be asking.
1. How many Einstein and Mozart-level geniuses are currently being born in the midst of every million newborns?
This is a question we should be asking every day? But we don’t even have a well-accepted definition for what constitutes a genius. Every modern-day Picasso, Galileo, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Archimedes, and DaVinci will require a radically different measuring stick to assess the depth and value of their true talent.
2. How many genius-level babies have been born throughout history?
Sadly, we have no existing way of measuring genius-potential when a baby is born. Realistically, we should be tracking it back to the point of conception since many factors surrounding a pregnancy will also determine later life potential.
3. With the right set of circumstances, could we raise the percentage of genius births to as high as 20%, 30% or even 50%?
Since much of our potential in life stems from the struggles, setbacks, and rigors of our upbringing, it’s hard to imagine creating a set of optimal circumstances and what those results might look like.
4. Could every single live birth produce a true genius with the right stimulation, training, and effort?
Is every baby conceived with genius potential, and everything that happens in life simply a subtraction process from day-one perfection? In a perfect world, how close could we come to 100%?
5. Wouldn’t our first step be to create geniuses who can first answer these questions, before we can raise the bar for the rest of humanity?
If there are people currently working on this set of problems, I’m not aware of them. Somewhere in this line of thinking would appear to be an approach that can unlock an elevated plateau for all humanity. Shouldn’t this be our top priority for the entire world?
6. How many answers lie in the vast number of children that are currently not being born?
How many cures for cancer, hemorrhagic fever, diabetes, meningitis, rabies, smallpox, plague, HIV/AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, and ebola never got discovered because the people with answers were never born?
7. Will the enormous value of the few outweigh the problems of the many?
Are people the problem or the solution? Can we create better and more consistent geniuses in smaller batches? It’s easy to get trapped into using the age-old top-down approach to thinking this through. But I’m fairly certain that we will never find the answers simply by having someone crown themselves king and demanding we see the world through their eyes.
8. Are we even smart enough to ask the right questions?
That’s an easy no! This set of questions is simply a starting point for far more sophisticated questions that are sure to follow. The real goal should be finding the right questions before we even think about answers!
9. Will emerging technologies like AI and quantum computing enable us to achieve better answers?
Over the coming years we will undoubtedly be working with promising technologies capable of boosting our genius-quotient. One question I love to ask is, “How will the world change when we can focus a million times more computing power on a particular problem?”
10. Do we live in an overpopulated world or an under-populated universe?
As humans, do we have a mandate to colonize other worlds? Many people believe this to be true. The number of humans that currently live in other corners of the universe equals zero. Different gravities, food supplies, atmospheric compositions, radiation levels, and a myriad of other conditions means that we will never encounter other “humans” as we explore the universe, and the likelihood of encountering “human-like” beings is extremely remote. Are we then destined to become the colonizers of new worlds, and who are the geniuses that will take us there?