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Tyler Cowen

The Future Will Be Weirder Than We Think

Developments in the next few decades could change humanity for the next few millennia.

Weirder, the future is, than you can imagine.

Weirder, the future is, than you can imagine.

Photographer: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP

How weird is the future going to be? Just a little bit — or plain flat-out radically unthinkably weird? And is this future 1,000 years from now — or 100?

The notion that the future will be weirder than we think, and come sooner, is a possibility raised by Holden Karnofsky, the co-chief executive officer of Open Philanthropy. It’s an intriguing and provocative idea.