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102. Resetting Governments and Getting a New Deal on Democracy and Market-Driven Dystopian Bliss | Robin Hanson

Robin HansonRobin Hanson (@robinhanson)is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias.

Robin is also the author of The Elephant in the Brain – Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and co-authored The Age of Em – Work, Love and Life when Robots Own the World. Hanson is credited with originating the concept of the Policy Analysis Market, a DARPA project to implement a market for betting on future developments in the Middle East.

Hanson also created and supports a proposed system of government called futarchy, where policies would be determined by prediction markets. Hanson is a man willing to challenge conventional wisdom/norms and has lately drawn criticism for his unconventional economics positions on sex, gender dynamics and problems with today’s society.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Unconventional approaches to legal reform which just might work
  • How Robin proposes we fix America’s immigration problem
  • The sadistic yet serious future where your insurance company enforces the law
  • Ways to use prediction markets to create better outcomes
  • Why governments are outdated and often need a reset switch
  • The reason social signaling is one of the biggest problems in society
  • Separating facts and values and why it’s almost impossible
  • How true libertarianism could lead to Soviet-like surveillance and oppression
  • The truth about isolationism and innovation
  • Why governmental structure is making society more ineffective
  • An interesting approach to end the prison system

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