Robin Hanson, George Mason University

Em Econ 101: Sketching A Society Of Emulated Minds

April 18, 2013 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Cotting Conference Room | Open to public


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The three most disruptive transitions in history were the introduction of humans, farming, and industry. If another transition lies ahead, a good guess for its source is artificial intelligence in the form of whole brain emulations, or “ems,” sometime in the next century. I apply standard academic consensus science, including social science, to this unusual situation, to outline a baseline scenario set modestly far into a post-em-transition world. I consider families, reproduction, mating, cities, finance, training, careers, management, identity, talk, culture, security, inequality, life plans, daily activities, property rights, industrial organization, and governance.​