Re: Uploaded memories

Robin Hanson (
Wed, 08 Dec 1999 16:42:39 -0500

Robert Bradbury wrote:
> > I'm not sure I understand you, but it seems that you are saying that
> > future economies will have less demand for intelligent labor, such as
> > humans and uploads can provide. I think this is pretty unlikely.
>Robin, this raises some very interesting questions. Have economists
>considered the parallels between "economies" and "ecosystems"?
>What are the similarities and differences between the two?

To the extent that the agents in an economy replicate, an economy *is* an ecosystem. There are many big differences between human economies and most animal ecosystems. Humans are a lot smarter, and can therefore base their strategy a lot more on fine details of situations. Humans have more foresight than most animals, and so don't have to just do local hill climbing. Humans have organized far more sophisticated institutions of cooperation, including property and trading. Finally, the memetic co-evolving system is a lot stronger in the human ecology.

Robin Hanson Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
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