The scarcity of the long term
The linked article is about the scarcity of long-term attention span in advanced civilizations, which hinders their ability to complete projects that extend over multiple lifespans. Even with abundant resources and knowledge, societal distractions and changing values could lead to the abandonment of long-term missions. This highlights the need for new tools to transmit values and missions into the future. However, there is an ethical dilemma in burdening future generations with obligations they did not choose. Vanishing few advanced civilizations may complete projects that last over 500 years, and it is uncertain how to convince future generations to continue past missions.