Comment by eu-ming-lee on Being the (Pareto) Best in the World · 2019-09-13T21:25:32.419Z · LW · GW

This is why educating the world's population and increasing wealth across the world is beneficial for all of mankind. There are numerous combinations of multi-dimensional fields that all have Pareto frontiers that have untold riches for both that intrepid explorer and also for humanity as a whole. As more people are educated, we have more people willing to fill out those Pareto frontiers and claim their treasures within. And their discoveries ultimately benefit humanity as a whole, in general.

However, in the short term, a massive gold rush to Pareto frontiers threatens those who already have advantages in singular dimensions. Thus, the wealthy status quo is naturally aligned against education of the masses because it threatens their single dimensional advantages by introducing Pareto frontiers that were formerly too numerous and/or expensive to exploit effectively.