Today's post, Visualizing Eutopia was originally published on 16 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):
Trying to imagine a Eutopia is actually difficult. But it is worth trying.
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I would suggest some obvious tweaks and see what happens. For example, raise everyone's IQ by ten points according to current metrics. I suspect that would revolutionize our world for the better, not by making the smartest people marginally smarter, but by raising the intelligence of billions of dumbasses above some critical threshold so that they would start to function better in life. They would become: more educable, more employable in more productive jobs, better at taking care of their health, better at understanding causality, better at planning for the future, less accident prone and so forth. James D. Miler references the scientific literature supporting this outcome in the middle section of his book Singularity Rising, about the only part of his book which struck me as defensible and empirically grounded.
There are probably country level differentials that high already. For example, some African countries and Japan would probably have that much of an average difference. Japan has a lot of faults, but in many ways it's a pretty good place to live.
(I just finished watching the anime Thermae Romae; I was shocked to see that this extremely quirky manga had also become a $79m grossing live-action movie. I can't help but wonder if that's related to higher IQ, since I have a hard time imagining anything like it being a success pretty much anywhere else in the world, except maybe the US or Europe.)