Kurzgesagt's recent video, "The Last Human – A Glimpse Into The Far Future," invites viewers to consider the potential for a vast number of future people. "If we don't kill ourselves in the next few centuries or millennia, almost all humans that will ever exist will live in the future."
Here's the video:
Kurzgesagt has some other very relevant videos (and someothercool videos):
Many of the comments in this video were incredibly inspiring for me to read.
Most outside engagement with EA I see tends to scew heavily negative. I tend to disprortionally focus on the negative as those impressions are especially important for me to understand, so reading comments claiming how inspired they felt by the prospects of humanity, was so refreshing! Where was the all the sneering I'm so used to!?
Could it be that "working at kurzgesagt" is an effective thing to do? One of the legitimate "communication paths"?
EAs working at Kurzgesagt could:
steer them to create even more EA-aligned content
gain valuable "communication knowledge", to be used to create EA content later/elsewhere. Kurzgesagt does such a great job promoting ideas like longtermism in an uncontroversial not weird way that gets people to obviously agree with it - something EA often struggles with within media. We need to learn from them! And we want all the great EA content from 80k and elsewhere in a Kurzgesagt-style video format as well, and need people learning how to do that! AI alignment Youtube channels like Rob Miles' are great, but with someone with expertise from Kurzgesagt it could be so much better?!
Help Kurzgesagt to scale up massivly. They are already big but could be much bigger still. I'm thinking documentaries, educational books, apps, videogames, movies in cinemas, whole TV series, various subchannels for different topics and audiences, etc. Let's help them become a giant media empire with a huge movement around it!
Even without considering that, if we stay at ~140 million births per year, in 800 years 50% of all humans will have been born in our future. And in ~7 millennia 90% of all humans will have been born in our future.
Anyone know how we could access the stats on this video (e.g. how many people clicked through the links on the banner) ? These might be useful for gauging how well suited EA ideas are to this media format and how much we should invest in creating similar content going forward!
3,134 people clicked through to the 80k longtermism article from the Kurzgesagt video. At time of writing, the video has 4.2m views, meaning 0.07% of viewers clicked the link. 85 of those people subscribed to the 80k newsletter (2.24% conversion rate, compared to a 4.2% site average).
Collaborations like these have so much potential! Because of this video alone, millions will learn about these ideas and many thousands will get inspired by them. Very glad Open Phil pursued this and hoping to see more efforts like this.