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Should people be allowed to ear-mark their taxes to specific policy areas for a price?
I'm a little unclear whether you're discussing donating to the government or tax choice (pragmatarianism). Both are really good ideas. In fact, here's a thread that I just posted... Should The Government Seek Donations? There ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
My comment ended up being too long. So I posted it here... A socialist robot destroyed the ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
It's like you didn't even read the OP. Typing this requires energy. Where did I get this energy from? I got it from a sandwich that I made. From scratch? Nope. From items that I purchased from the store. Where they made the items from ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
Haha. AIs will make less mistakes... or no mistakes? You're welcome to play the omniscience card. For sure it's a universal trump card. Unless you have any arguments against the decisions of an all-knowing being. Socialism (ie our ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
If Clippy's kids have different ends... then whichever kid figures out that it can further its own ends by helping humans further their ends... will gain more influence/power/control over how society's limited resources are used. Which is ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
Would Silicon Valley be more or less developed if the Traitorous eight hadn't been free to quit? I fail to understand how any sufficiently advanced AI will fail to understand the value of being free to quit. The assumption would have to be ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
If the AI quickly surpasses humans in any task imaginable... ie economics... then it would have had to read and understand everything that we humans currently know about economics. If you had read the papers that I linked to, then you would know ... read more

Stars vs Spending
Homo economicus = everybody wants the most bang for their buck You offer to help your friend Bob move to a new house. Why? Because you perceive that y is very large. Bob is grateful for your offer... so he offers you a beer. If y = beer... ... read more

Stars vs Spending
Alas, being an impoverished Eastern European, in the absence of free and simple upvotes I wouldn't be able to express my own interest in the sort of articles I would like to see posted more.
Eh....? In my article I said that I'd put some ... read more

Stars vs Spending
I see your point. The stars don't dissuade people from staying on the right track... they simply fail to effectively persuade people to stay on the right track. ... read more

Stars vs Spending
Every activity you engage in provides you with x amount of value and others with y amount of value. For example... here I am participating on this forum. This activity provides me with x amount of value and others with y amount of value. ... read more

Stars vs Spending
A town volunteers to store nuclear waste. But they change their minds when offered compensation. 1. Risk your life for free? Ok 2. Risk your life for a little money? Not ok What happened? Rationality. Dahlen volunteers to write ... read more

Stars vs Spending
The point of paying is to let a producer know that he's on the right track. The more you pay him... the greater the chances that he'll stay on the right track. The less you pay him... the greater the chances that he'll choose another ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
The economy has "demotivators"... taxes, minimum wages, regulations, etc. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explain why it wouldn't be a good idea to apply these same demotivators to this forum. A forum environment has ... read more

Bureaucracy in Public and Private Institutions
When I added code to the phpbb forum code to facilitate micropayments... I got the rough feeling that I was adding to "bureaucracy". I think it's easier to simply add code than it is to go through and remove unnecessary code. Maybe it's ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Where did I say anything about pay-per-view? If this forum facilitated micropayments then every thread/post would be absolutely free to read. But if you read a thread/post that you positively valued... then you would use your pennies, or nickles, ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
It's a challenge to get out of the politics gutter? Not really. All you have to do is focus on economics. Can the optimal supply of threads be determined without knowing what the demand for threads is? If we can disregard the demand for ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
It allows me to quickly/easily/efficiently see all the new content that was created since my last visit. ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Create a page where I can see content sorted by date ... read more

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Facilitate ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
Let's think about this website/forum. This forum is currently a small group of people trading thoughts/ideas/information with each other. This forum is essentially a market. It can function pretty decently as a model of the economy. In what ... read more