State of the Qualia, Fall 2020

Michael Edward Johnson ../people/michael-edward-johnson (Qualia Research Institute)
September 16, 2020

One day you decide to destroy hell. What happens next?

First you figure out what hell is. Making war on the correct thing is important. For QRI that thing is suffering.

Second you assemble people who believe what you’re doing is possible and noble.

Third you build technical capabilities for detecting suffering, with the expectation that what you can measure you can manage.

Fourth you identify an intervention that can actually help people. Ideally it’s non-invasive, inexpensive, and fun, something people would actually use.

Fifth you network — building alliances and marshalling resources for scaling research and interventions. Preparing the actual assault.

This is where we are now- not the end of the journey but not the start, either. Maybe 70% into the second chapter (there are a lot of chapters!).

We’re really proud of recent progress. Core wins:

What’s next for QRI? Our current big opportunities are:

It’s hard work but we’re really enjoying the journey. Thank you for your interest and support.

On behalf of QRI,

Michael Edward Johnson

Executive Director, Qualia Research Institute



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  author = {Johnson, Michael Edward},
  title = {State of the Qualia, Fall 2020},
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  year = {2020}