Ask A Genius 275 – The Future for Kindness

In-Sight Publishing

Ask A Genius 275 – The Future for Kindness

August 30, 2017

[Beginning of recorded material]

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, this is for the future of, you wanted to talk about the future of kindness.  What is our future of kindness, and what is your future of kindness?

Rick Rosner: Well, alright so, the present and past of kindness is pretty much hinges on the golden rule.  But you don’t even, for every day acts of kindness, you don’t even need to apply the logic of the golden rule.  We kind of know what people want, from being around people forever, so kindness is generally, not being mean to people.

With possible exceptions being mean to people who, where it would improve their lives to be mean to them, like in an intervention.  Where being mean to people where stopping them will stop them from hurting other people.  And then you can extend that to other creatures, within reason.  And you can extend to the products made by people that you don’t want to just wreck stuff, if it would make people feel bad, unnecessarily.

Then there is more eustatic varieties of kindness, the different levels of charity.  There is the saying, feed a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish then you feed for a lifetime.  So, it’s kinder to do something that leads to long-term benefits.  Under Judaism, it is kinder to give to a charity that you don’t take credit for, maybe the people don’t even realize they are given charity, because that can be demoralizing.  But basically, everything boils down to just being nice to people.

The mid-future, will have the dilemmas of who has feelings as AI proliferates and we merge with AI.  And, also problems of maintaining of sense of proportion, maybe purposefully losing a sense of proportion because say 80 years in the future there is some augmented humans who are 50 times smarter and more perceptive than natural humans.

[End of recorded material]


Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


[1] Four format points for the session article:

  1. Bold text following “Scott Douglas Jacobsen:” or “Jacobsen:” is Scott Douglas Jacobsen & non-bold text following “Rick Rosner:” or “Rosner:” is Rick Rosner.
  2. Session article conducted, transcribed, edited, formatted, and published by Scott.
  3. Footnotes & in-text citations in the interview & references after the interview.
  4. This session article has been edited for clarity and readability.

For further information on the formatting guidelines incorporated into this document, please see the following documents:

  1. American Psychological Association. (2010). Citation Guide: APA. Retrieved from
  2. Humble, A. (n.d.). Guide to Transcribing. Retrieved from

License and Copyright

In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal by Scott Douglas Jacobsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at and


© Scott Douglas Jacobsen, Rick Rosner, and In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 2012-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Scott Douglas Jacobsen, Rick Rosner, and In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s