Tools are not a prior a good thing for humanity. Is it a good thing that we have the internet now? I see my friends glued to their phones. It’s not clear if it’s a net positive for human happiness.
Laser socks in an afternoon seems like a clear good. Easy and fun and allows something to happen that previously was not possible.
The basic question of human happiness wasn’t there [when I was working at Dynamicland]. Part of this comes out of noticing I was miserable all of the time. I was thinking of who is this going to affect and how will this affect them?
Explorable explanations. Does understanding a topic such as segregation a bit more help solve racial segration? Maybe in the long-run. It doesn’t do it by itself.
There are a million ways to make people happy. Like creating a video game.
Everything we do is to try and make ourselves happy. People have bad ideas about what makes them happy.
Video chat is better. Let’s try facetime or google hangouts.