Thursday October 21, 2010
6:00 pm -8:30 pm

Robin Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University, and chief scientist at Consensus Point. He has pioneered prediction markets, also known as information markets or idea futures, since 1988. He was the first to write in detail about people creating and subsidizing markets in order to gain better estimates on those topics. Robin was a principal architect of the first internal corporate markets, at Xanadu in 1990, of the first web markets, at the Foresight Exchange since 1994, and of DARPA’s Policy Analysis Market, from 2001 to 2003. Robin has developed new technologies for conditional, combinatorial, and intermediated trading and has studied insider trading, manipulation, and other foul play. His research work has covered a broad interdisciplinary range, including: evolutionary psychology and bioethics of health care, voter information incentives, Bayesian classification, agreeing to disagree, probability elicitation, wiretaps, image reconstruction, reversible computation, the origin of life, the survival of humanity, very long term economic growth, growth given machine intelligence, and interstellar colonization.

Design and Existential Risk is a series of conversations with leading thinkers, designers, and educators who critically question how the practice of design can imagine and prepare for extreme existential risks. The series explores the ways design thinking engages sustainability and human survival now and in the future.

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