We’ve spent the last eight years trying to answer a simple question: what are the world’s biggest and most urgent problems?
over the second half of the 20th century, progress on treatments for diarrhea did as much to save lives as achieving world peace over the same period would have done … The number of deaths each year due to diarrhea have fallen by 3 million over the last four decades due to advances like oral rehydration therapy. Meanwhile, all wars and political famines killed about 2 million people per year over the second half of the 20th century.
If it’s possible to have 10 or 100 times more impact with just a little research, maybe there are even better areas to discover?
probably the most powerful way we can help future generations is ensuring they exist at all. If civilization survives, we’ll have a chance to later solve problems like poverty and disease