Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence

Robin Hanson (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 16:07:28 -0700

I finally did some formal economic analysis of the implications of machine intelligence (uploads or AIs) for economic growth, wages, and population. The analysis confirms and illuminates simple intuitions.

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                 by Robin Hanson

A simple neo-classical growth model examines the implications of machine intelligence, machines which could substitute for, rather than complement, human labor. Steady state growth rates could easily rise by an order of magnitude or more. But with steady growth, wages and per-intelligence consumption could fall as fast as computer prices do.

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