X-risks are a tragedies of the commons

by capybaralet1 min read7th Feb 201919 comments


  • Safety from Xrisk is a common good: We all benefit by making it less likely that we will all die.
  • In general, people are somewhat selfish, and value their own personal safety over that of another (uniform) randomly chosen person.
  • Thus individuals are not automatically properly incentivized to safeguard the common good of safety from Xrisk.

I hope you all knew that already ;)