One of the most cost effective solutions that will be evaluated by the Crowdsourcing Utopia system is David Pearce’s Hedonistic Imperative. ability to control the motivational and reward systems in the brain.
If the research effort into neuroscience received the $2 trillion dollars in military expenditures the world annually spends on murdering it’s citizens, full control over our motivations and emotions could be a reality within the next several years.
Currently, the US spends only about $13 billion on brain research on all levels (i.e. public and private). This is less money than the several hundred top executives at Goldman Sachs received in bonuses last year. So the bottleneck preventing its realization is not the slow rate of scientific progress. The bottleneck is simply irrational allocation of societal resources. It is for this reason, that the Abolitionist Project needs to focus on the redirection of societal resources towards the most cost-effective means of reducing suffering.