I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch.
anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net.
I realize "save the world" is ethnocentric and imperialist. Work with me here.
It's never been possible before in history for one person (or a small group of people) to have such a large impact, on such a large group of people, so quickly and cheaply.
Who are writers who've spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the biggest problems facing humanity (think global) in the next few decades, from a USA-centric perspective (act local)?
I'm looking at lobbying, geopolitical influence, healthcare, guaranteed basic income, national politics, energy policy, welfare reform, education, global trade, foreign policy, and more.
I'm currently exploring google.org, gatesfoundation.org, kiva.org, kahnacademy.org, dailykos.com, whitehouse.gov. What am I missing?
I'm scared about humanity's future. I'm scared about a corrupt USA government, I'm scared about our relationship with the rest of the world, I'm frustrated about the suffering and dying happening in my city and all over the planet. I'm scared about increased population, diminishing resources, global warming, and geopolitical tension.
I'm annoyed by my own naivete: I don't know what I should actually be concerned about, in terms of quality of life for myself and the people I care about for the next several decades (bury gold in my backyard? ha.), and my responsibility to my country, and my responsibility to all of humanity, and my responsibility to this planet.
I'm interested in "empirical deep explanations" and surprising observations, like "countries that trade a lot don't go to war," "if you educate women then female circumcision stops," "democratic countries don't go to war with each other" (supposedly), and "poor people will be the first casualties of global warming." I understand that forcing democracy on other countries and foreign aid have a lot of problems. Tell me about that. I'm also interested in how software can be used to aid and coordinate tech innovation in natural energy, etc.
Careful research on a global scale is of interest to me, too. Where is that kind of research happening? What organizations collect data about the planet? The World Health Organization. Others?
So who is doing amazing things, and how can software and computers be used better to do amazing things? Please help me jumpstart my research on where to put a stake in the ground. Help me cut through the noise and bullshit and posturing. What really matters? Deep problems; not symptoms. People, organizations, books, websites, and links, please!
My ideal is post-scarcity