Open Thread, Jun. 22 - Jun. 28, 2015

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." - Edmund Burke

Roadmap: Plan of Action to Prevent Human Extinction Risks

The lesson of the potato famine was that crops should be more, rather than less, diverse. The potatoes that were in cultivation didn't have enough genetic variation which is why the the disease had such a huge impact. But if it's true of crops... then it's also true of people. People should be more genetically diverse. This way a new pathogen can't kill all of us. Although I have no idea how you'd practically ensure greater human diversity!!?? History might refer to you as the opposite of Hitler.

Regarding the danger of AI... if greater diversity is better for crops and humans... then it's also better for robots as well. We'll give more resources to the most beneficial robots. Evil robots won't have a leg to stand on.

And war can be eliminated by tax choice.

Bragging Thread May 2015

I created the world's first micropayments forum... RudeBagel. Some additional info.

Communities: A single moderator is often superior to the wisdom of crowds

Thanks for sharing! Blendle is pretty neat because you can get a refund if you're unsatisfied. But I'm pretty sure that the "One-Price-Fits-All" (OPFA) model isn't as good as the "Pay-What-You-Want" (PWYW) model.

Communities: A single moderator is often superior to the wisdom of crowds

Heh. I started reading my gf's 50 Shades of Gray on her kindle... but I couldn't finish it because it was so bad. She liked it though. shrug

Here are two subreddits...

  1. Economy
  2. Invisible hand

The same economics article isn't going to be equally valuable in both subs. In the first sub, Ha-Joon Chang's articles are going to be a lot more valuable than Peter Boettke's articles. And the opposite would be true in the second sub.

See how that would work? There's riches in niches.

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