Gaming the Future:
Technologies of Intelligent Voluntary Cooperation
Welcome to this living book and book club about technologies for intelligent voluntary cooperation by Allison Duettmann, Mark S. Miller, and Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute. Launching on February 15, 2022.
Gaming the Future: Technologies for Intelligent Voluntary Cooperation
Have you ever played Civilization? In the game, you’re discovering technologies that unlock new levels, one capability at a time. But not all innovations are equal. Better technologies of cooperation could unlock new levels of progress across the board. Opportunities for bright futures enabled by bio, nano, and computing technologies are now within our reach. Their proliferation also comes with risks and authoritarian attempts at control. This book explores how technologies of intelligent voluntary cooperation can help us navigate the traps. Cryptocommerce enables decentralized, secure cooperation across human and computing entities. This unlocks a Paretotropian future of high technology and high freedom.
What you’ll discover in this book:
IMPROVE COOPERATION | New Info, Money, Rights, Contracts, Privacy
We hope you find interest in critiquing and augmenting the ideas by commenting. This book, like a good game, is here to be iterated and improved for the next round.
The Book Club
As a free subscriber, you’ll receive a free digital book. We look forward to your comments to breath life into it, e.g. via various bounties!
As a paid subscriber, you receive invitations to the book club, running weekly throughout May and June on Sundays, 11 am - 1 pm PT.
In the book club, you’ll discuss chapter by chapter live with the authors and other like minds, meet some of the keynote presenters whose seminars are featured in the sections, and cooperate on turning these technologies into action.
As a founding member, you’ll receive a special edition physical version of the book, in addition to book club membership.
We would like to thank members of our Foresight’s Intelligent Cooperation Group for shaping this book into what it is through our 2021 seminars:
Robin Hanson, George Mason University | Value Drift
Balaji S. Srinivasan | The Network State
Dr. Vernon Smith | Theory of Price Discovery in Markets
A. McAfee | Civilizational Progress
Tyler Cowen, George Mason University | Stubborn Attachments
Audrey Tang, Taiwan Digital Minister: Tools for Openness
Prediction & Replication Markets, Augur, Metaculus
Christine Lemmer-Webber | Randy Farmer | Re-Decentralizing Networked Communities
Kate Sills, Agoric | NFTs and Engineering Property Rights
Arthur Breitman, Tezos: Blockchain Governance
Marc Stiegler, Agoric | The Digital Path
Chip Morningstar, Meng Weng, Federico Ast | Split Contracts, Comp. Law & Decentralized Arbitration
DAOstack, Decentraland, SifChain, ResearchHub, VitaDAO | DAOs
Glen Weyl, RadicalxChange | Social Technology for a Political Economy of Increasing Returns
Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University | Dominant Assurance Contracts
Zooko Wilcox, ECC, Howard Wu, Aleo | Zero-knowledge-enabled Cooperation
Jim Epstein, Primavera De Filippi, Brewster Kahle | Peaceful Transition into Cryptocommerce?
Daniel Ellsberg, DoomsDay Machine | Nuclear Risks: Doomsday (Still) Hiding in Plain Sight
David Brin, The Transparent Society | Transparent Society & Sousveillance
Gernot Heiser | SeL4: Formal Proofs for Real-World Cybersecurity
David Krakauer, Santa Fe Institute | Collective Computing
Gillian Hadfield, University of Toronto | Incomplete Contracts & AI Alignment
Richard Craib, NumerAI | Techniques for Intelligence Coordination
Peter Norvig, Google | AI: A Modern Approach
Anders Sandberg, Oxford University | Game Theory of Cooperating with Alien Minds
Robin Hanson, George Mason University | A Simple Model of Grabby Aliens
The seminars are now incorporated into the text as deep dives.
We would especially like to thank Keith Mansfield, Tom Galloway, Terry Stanley, Chris Hibbert, Alan Karp, Jazear Brooks, David Manheim, Kate Sills, Chip Morningstar, Gillian Hadfield, Robin Hanson, David Friedman, Jim Bennett, Micah Zoltu, and Dan Field for extensive comments on the book draft. We learned a lot and all remaining errors are ours.
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Next up: FOREWORD | What’s at Stake in This Game?