For thousands of years until about 1850 you see humans accumulating more and more power by the invention of new technologies and by new systems of organization in the economy and in politics, but you don’t see any real improvement in the well-being of the average person.
You work much harder than them, your diet is worse, you suffer far more from infectious diseases, and you suffer far more from social inequality and economic exploitation.
‘For the first time in history, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little. Today, for the first time in history, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little.
Even if you just look at individual human feelings, whether I feel satisfied or not, then throughout history, including in the last 200 years, even when objective material conditions improve, people don’t necessarily feel more satisfied because their expectations change.
‘The basic reaction of the human mind to pleasure and to achievement is not satisfaction; it’s the craving for more.
There’s a lot of scientific people at the top who can make more scientifically informed decisions on some issues like artificial intelligence.