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TEDx talks are about crazy ideas for saving the world. Here’s mine.

Why can’t we all just get along? Why do we have war, poverty and other social ills, despite the fact that nobody wants these things? Is it that people have
some kind of inborn aggression and stupidity that won’t go away?

I don’t think so. What happens is that, despite their best intentions, people tend to fall into a trap: the Prisoner’s Dilemma. There’s a tradeoff between cooperation and competition. Our problem is that everything in our society is set up for competition, preventing us from cooperating with each other to solve our major problems.

The good news is that technological advances will help us get that tradeoff right for the modern era. Not just by improving productivity, but in a surprising way: By making it easier for people to cooperate with one another.

The main reason to compete is when there’s scarcity. But soon, with AI and 3D printing, we’ll be able to make or do whatever we need. We can end widespread scarcity. We don’t have to fight each other. Then we’ll all live happily ever after!

For more information, visit http://www.whycantwe.org

About the Speaker

Henry Lieberman

Henry Lieberman

Henry Lieberman is a Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Before that, he ran the Software Agents group at the MIT Media Lab. He has published over 120 papers and 3 books. Christopher Fry and Henry Lieberman’s new book, “Why Can’t We All Get Along: How Science Can Enable a More Cooperative Future”, expands upon the topic of this TEDx talk. It shows how AI and personal manufacturing can usher in a new era of cooperation, and presents radical new designs for the economy, government, and society. http://www.media.mit.edu/~lieber/Bio.txt