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The Cryonics Institute is pleased to welcome guest speaker Dr Robin Hanson

by System Administrator / Thursday, 11 February 2016 /

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Cryonics Institute is pleased to inform you of the coming of the Dr. Robin Hanson as a guest speaker for the 40th Anniversary of our Organization. Dr. Hanson is a Professor of Economics at the George Mason University in the US and a researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He is an expert on prediction markets and the social implications of future technologies, and nano-technology and their influence on the economy and society. Politically he supports futurity -- a society where policy decisions are made based on open prediction markets. He has a doctorate in social science from California Institute of Technology, master's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed & NASA.
Professor Hanson has over 2800 citations, with a citation h-index of 25, and over sixty academic publications, including in Algorithmica, Applied Optics, Communications of the ACM, Economics Letters, Economica, Econometrica, Economics of Governance, Foundations of Physics, IEEE Intelligent Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Innovations, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Evolution and Technology, Journal of Law Economics and Policy, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Prediction Markets, Journal of Public Economics, Maximum Entropy and Bayesian Methods, Medical Hypotheses, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Public Choice, Science, Social Epistemology, Social Philosophy and Policy, and Theory and Decision.
Oxford University Press will publish his book The Age of Em: Work, Love & Life When Robots Rule the Earth in June 2016, and The Elephant in the Brain, co-authored with Kevin Simler, in spring 2017. Professor Hanson has had over four hundred media mentions, given over two hundred invited talks, and his blog has had over eight million visits.
Professor Hanson has pioneered prediction markets, also known as information markets and idea futures, since 1988. He was the first to write in detail about creating and subsidizing markets to gain better estimates on a wide variety of important topics. He was a principal architect of the first internal corporate markets, at Xanadu in 1990, of the first web markets, the Foresight Exchange since 1994, of DARPA's Policy Analysis Market, from 2001 to 2003, and of IARPA™'s combinatorial markets DAGGRE and SCICAST from 2010 to 2015. Professor Hanson developed new technologies for conditional, combinatorial, and intermediated trading, and studied insider trading, manipulation, and other foul play. He has written and spoken widely on the application of idea futures to business and policy, and has advised many ventures.
Dr Hanson has diverse research interests, with papers on spatial product competition, health incentive contracts, group insurance, product bans, evolutionary psychology and bioethics of health care, voter information incentives, incentives to fake expertise, Bayesian classification, agreeing to disagree, self-deception in disagreement, probability elicitation, wiretaps, image reconstruction, the history of science prizes, reversible computation, the origin of life, the survival of humanity, very long term economic growth, growth given machine intelligence, and interstellar colonization.
Dr Hanson has a diverse background: he has a Bachelor's & Master's degree in physics but a PhD in social sciences. Robin's ideas often cause controversial reactions and he wishes to find ways to more effectively decentralize the government's tasks.
Don't miss the chance to see him ** LIVE ** at the Cryonics Institute, Sept 11, 2016.


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