Robin Hanson: This short "manifesto" describes a new form of government. In "futarchy," we would vote on Value-s, but bet on beliefs (Prediction Market). Elected representatives would formally define and manage an after-the-fact measurement of national welfare, while market speculators would say which policies they expect to raise national welfare. (more)
Michael Ellsberg encouraged Dartmouth University students to Drop Out of the Rat Race, engage in Game Playing even while getting their College Education. I honestly believe that all of you in this room could create a job for yourself, straight out of college. That path is open to you. It’s especially open to you given that you’re bright, motivated, and have connections—which I know is the case since you’re here at Dartmouth. You have connections with each other!... Most of the economic benefit that you will derive from having gone to Dartmouth has already been achieved by the fact that you got in. As long as you don’t party too much and keep your grades within a reasonable range, you’re going to get a diploma. And having a diploma from Dartmouth—regardless of your grades—is the majority of the economic benefit you’ll get from your time here... So, given that you either have that stamp-of-approval, or are on your way to obtaining it, how should you spend the rest of your time here? There are a lot of other benefits you can get while you’re here at Dartmouth that have nothing to do with that system... What am I talking about? Basically, anything that will allow you to practice Leadership. Anything that gives you a chance to think on your feet, work with other people, create things, pitch things, communicate persuasively, resolve conflicts, or reach out to other groups that may lend you support... just as I’m encouraging you all to take a more entrepreneurial approach to your careers, if you specifically want a more risky career—like acting, music, writing—I would suggest you take an Entrepreneurial attitude to that too.
Science Fiction. You're really supposed to call it "sf" now, but that's just too silly for me. (more)
James Somers on Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria: Google Book Search. You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. (more)
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