Re: DiscoveryCh - AI

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 07:45:51 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > >... An economist I know simply laughed at Hans Moravec's ideas of
> > >taxation of AI corporations to sustain humans in a wealthy state,
> > >for example. We need to see more collaboration across the disciplines
> >
> > I have made similar complaints about socially-ignorant futurist
> > speculation, but taxing AIs doesn't seem crazy to this economist.
>Well, he might have been too Austrian to believe in taxes. Your paper
>about the economics of uploads is IMHO one of the best examples of how
>to combine AI(-like) speculation and economics.

Thanks. Perhaps your acquaintance thinks that taxes are not sustainable
in the long run, but they seem to be quite feasible now, and I don't
see how AI would make them prohibitively difficult.

>I have played around with some ideas of my own of AI-economics
>... issues like how complex the economy could become.

It is already pretty dang complex :-).

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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