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Gaming the Future: Technologies for Intelligent Voluntary Cooperation
Opportunities for bright futures enabled by bio, nano, and AI are now within our reach. But technological proliferation also brings risks that threaten the very existence of civilization. To help civilization navigate this abyss, this book addresses three questions:
1. How can we help civilization cooperate better?
2. How can we help civilization defend itself better?
3. How can we help civilization do both - cooperation and defense - in light of AI?
Explore strategies, tools, and technologies for enabling voluntary cooperation across a diversity of intelligences. Let’s unlock Paretotropian futures of high technology in which valuing entities can pursue their highest function through iterative play.
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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. The seminars are now incorporated into the chapters as deep dive seminars.
Robin Hanson, George Mason University | Value Drift
Balaji S. Srinivasan, 1729 | The Network State
Vernon Smith, Chapman University | Theory of Price Discovery in Markets
Andrew McAfee, MIT | Civilizational Progress
Tyler Cowen, George Mason University | Stubborn Attachments
Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister | Tools for Openness
Chris Hibbert, Anthony Aguirre, Martin Koeppelmann, Paul Gebheim, and Robin Hanson | Prediction & Replication Markets
Christine Lemmer-Webber | Re-Decentralizing Social Networks
Kate Sills, Independent | NFTs and Engineering Property Rights
Arthur Breitman, Tezos | Blockchain Governance
Marc Stiegler, Sci-Fi author | The Digital Path
Chip Morningstar, Meng Weng, and Federico Ast | Split Contracts, Computational Law & Decentralized Arbitration
Matan Field, Esteban Ordano, Jazear Brooks, Tyler Golato, and Patrick Joyce | DAOs
Glen Weyl, RadicalxChange | Social Technology for a Political Economy of Increasing Returns
Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University | Dominant Assurance Contracts
Zooko Wilcox and Howard Wu | Zero-knowledge-enabled Cooperation
Jim Epstein, Primavera De Filippi, and Brewster Kahle | A 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, University of New South Wales| 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
We would also like to thank our book club guests for discussing the book post its publication. Their talks are now also included at the end of each chapter.
David Friedman, Author of Legal Systems Very Different from Ours
Robin Hanson, George Mason University
Kate Sills, Independent Software Engineer
Paul Gebheim, Forecast Foundation
Primavera De Filippi, Koala
Arthur Breitman, Tezos
David Brin, Author of Transparent Society
Gernot Heiser, SeL4
Juan Benet, Protocol labs
Trent McConaghy, Ocean Protocol
Stuart Armstrong, Future of Humanity Institute
Finally, we would 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 Finlay for extensive comments on the book draft. The key ideas of Paretotopia (at the time) were originally worked out by Mark S. Miller in collaboration with Eric Drexler. We learned a lot and all remaining errors are our own.
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. Follow Foresight Institute on Twitter and apply to join our Discord.