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Friendly-HI comments on Superstimuli and the Collapse of Western Civilization - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Friendly-HI 01 July 2011 10:50:11AM *  4 points [-]

Global societal collapse by superstimuli. Now that's an existential risk that would have put even the ancient Romans in their place. This is indeed a development that is quite worrisome to me as well, and I think it truly deserves to be perceived as a risk. I'm not sure if it's an existential risk in the truest sense of the word, but our hedonism may become really nasty and have far-reaching consequences that could interfere with addressing actual existential risks. Fully immersive glasses for virtual realities are just around the corner and they are just the beginning...