The List


"Best Questions Ever."
–Tim Draper, Founder DFJ


Do you believe we are alone in the cosmos?

"What a waste of space that'd be."
–Paul Shapiro, VP Policy Humane Society USA


How do we maximize human potential?

Is there a global ruling elite? Should one endeavor to join it?

Is class-based speciation inevitable?

What is consciousness?

What basic algorithms drive our world? 

Are we in a computer simulation?

Are we alone in the cosmos?

What is time?

Colonize Mars globally or nationally?

Does AGI pose an existential threat?

Who will teach robots ethics?

How can democracy be modernized?

What is the most beautiful thing in the world? 

Will genetic engineering & neural prosthetics exacerbate wealth inequality?

Is nuclear fusion a viable energy source?

Is clean meat a viable food source?

Memetics over genetics?



How do we maximize human potential?

How do individuals maximize their potential? 

What is the most beautiful thing in the world? 

Are we in a computer simulation?

Are we alone in the cosmos?

Colonize other planets and stars?

Are advanced civilizations roaming the cosmos?

How can democracy be modernized?

Is there consciousness? 

What is consciousness?

Is consciousness localized in human nervous system?

When does consciousness enter and leave the body?

Is a baby conscious in the womb?

What is the significance of dreaming?

Is there significance to deja vu?

Free will or determinism?

Do biochemical algorithms drive our actions?

What basic algorithms drive our world? 

If the world was described with programming language, what would it be?

Collectivism or individualism? 

Is the Earth alive?

Is there a global ruling elite? Should one endeavor to join it?

Should the US have hegemony over the world?

Does AGI pose an existential threat to humanity? 

Could AGI become conscious? What are the ethics of inflicting suffering on it?

What happens to those that lose the AGI race? 

How will humans self-actualize after the proliferation of automation? 

How will education and human capital adapt? 

Will humans always have to work? Will humans want to work?

Is it OK for humans to love and marry an AI partner? 

Will humans pay more for AI doctors? Music made by AI? 

How can AI best live alongside humanity?

Does a utopia still need money?

Are fiat currencies and quantitative easing causing economic collapse? 

Do the Rothschild's own centralized banks in every country? 

Should companies control algorithms so they don't foster hate culture? 

Do companies practice planned obsolescence? 

Do companies' fingerprint and facial scans go to NSA? 

Should blockchain decentralize all centralized entities?

How does evolution compare with a blockchain?

Is anthropogenic global warming causing catastrophic climate change?

Does the environment need saving?

Is ignorance a choice?

What was biggest change from primates to humans? 

Will humans undergo further speciation? 

Is class-based speciation inevitable? 

What will become of humans merging with machines?

Will genetic engineering and neural prosthetics exacerbate wealth inequality? 

Should we trust the first brain-to-cloud interfaces? 

How will we conquer quantum mechanics? 

Who will teach robots ethics?

How will we solve the trolley problem?

Would you run over Elon Musk or 5 service industry workers?

Is reincarnation real? 

Is human immortality possible?

Is there a difference between life and not life?

Is there a soul?

Colonize Mars globally or nationally? 

How will we divide up airspace for automated global logistics network?

What is time? 

Do all humans go through vicissitudes of neurosis?

Rehabilitate criminals instead of punish them?

Virtual murder & pedophilia experiences for curbing villainous behavior?

What can we learn from mass murderers, serial killers, and genocide leaders?

Thoughts on eugenics? 

Do genders and races posses ideal traits?

How can democracy be modernized? 

Does political correctness restrict freedom of speech?

How much government regulation is ideal?

Is nuclear fusion viable energy source? 

Harvest the power of stars with Dyson sphere? 

Is clean meat viable? 

Does eating animal products cause pathology?

More longitudinal testing before we GMO everything?

How do we engineer perfect growing environments for organic produce? 

Does intermittent fasting prolong life? 

Tissue engineering human organs feasible? 

Bioengineer inferior species and enslave them as human capital? 

Does meditation eradicate suffering? 

Is world peace feasible? 

Does 9/11 deserve more investigation? 

How can we decrease MAD (mutually assured destruction)? 

Would a utopia still need weapons?

Is the world headed towards population stabilization? 

Is teleportation feasible? 

Will location be agnostic after indistinguishable virtual realities? 

Should we provide water, food, energy, education, and healthcare to all? 

Should parents be the primary teachers of their children?

Should we bridge the gap of inequality?

Can UBI (universal basic income) sustain a post-work world?

Does our data have enough value to provide UBI?

Is love harder than rocket science? 


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