X-risks are a tragedies of the commons

  • Safety from Xrisk is a com­mon good: We all benefit by mak­ing it less likely that we will all die.

  • In gen­eral, peo­ple are some­what self­ish, and value their own per­sonal safety over that of an­other (uniform) ran­domly cho­sen per­son.

  • Thus in­di­vi­d­u­als are not au­to­mat­i­cally prop­erly in­cen­tivized to safe­guard the com­mon good of safety from Xrisk.

I hope you all knew that already ;)