Robert Stark interviews Robin Hanson about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. Robin is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He is an an expert on idea futures and markets, an academic polymath with interests in physics, computer science and economics. He is author of The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life When Robots Rule the Earth. Check out his blog Overcoming Bias and Twitter account.
The long term effectiveness of lock-downs
Why testing and tracing are the most effective tools in earlier stages
The danger that the majority could become infected
Robin’s case for variolation to control the pandemic
The success of Asian nations in handling the pandemic
Using AI to track cases
The dangers of one location re-infecting others
Estimated risk scores for various activities
The Age of Em which deals with the feasibility of Mind uploading in the future
Why human consciousness cannot be scientifically measured
The impacts of Mind uploading to machines on economics and all ways of life
Robin’s thought experiment Comparing Income & Sex Redistribution
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