“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”

— EO Wilson

We didn’t evolve for this century

Human hardware and software isn’t designed for flourishing in 21st century society. We evolved to hunt and gather and socialize in small tribes. We didn’t evolve to deftly handle the thousands of complex, interconnected actions necessary to thrive today. Our ancient biology can’t keep up.

As a consequence, we all misuse an extraordinary fraction of our finite time and resources. We procrastinate, we self-deceive, we ignore critical problems, we take overly risky bets, we focus on unimportant things… The list goes on. Meanwhile billions around the world suffer unnecessarily. 

Advancing human flourishing 

As a society we have yet to invent a solution to human flourishing. We don’t have a scientific understanding of how to help all people live the lives they most want to live. 

This a very active research question, with millions of researchers, innovators, and practitioners tackling the incredibly complex puzzle. 

Upgradable’s approach 

Upgradable’s attempt at advancing human flourishing is based on a unique blend of technology, science, and rationality. In practice, we focus on increasing life goal attainment. Goals aren’t everything, but they’re a good beachhead for us.

We expect this work to take a lifetime. If you’re interesting in helping, please reach out. Time, capital, connections, insights–anything you are willing to share is welcome.