Automation and Universal Basic Income

This is an attempt to lay out an easily-understood argument for a universal basic income. What's going on? By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will…

Response: The empty brain

Thoughts on The Empty Brain - aeon.co. I had a very strong negative reaction to this article, and wanted to let it out. This is long, rambling, and unedited. Baby's brain To see how vacuous this idea is, consider the brains of babies. The first section lays out several…

Brief Signaling Response

This started out as a tweet that got too long. It is a response to this blog post about signaling. Because of decreasing marginal value of money, willingness-to-pay is not an effective signal in upper classes. Upper classes signal via exclusivity. As a result, adding new alternatives does not have…

Towards consensus against consensus.

Consensus in a distributed system is an incredible tool. It solves coordination problems by enforcing a state across the system as a whole. In Bitcoin, this solves the double-spend problem by creating a shared ledger. In Ethereum consensus algorithms create a completely transparent virtual machine, and ensures the integrity of…