Monday, October 17, 2016


Robots will eventually dominate the world and eliminate human abilities to earn wages.


For the affirmative:

Robin Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He blogs at He has studied prediction markets since 1988. He was a principal architect of several such systems, including Ideosphere, DAGGRE, SciCast, and the Policy Analysis Market, cancelled amid controversy by the Department of Defense in 2003. Robin’s new book THE AGE OF EM: Work, Love, and Life When Robots Rule the Earth was published by Oxford in June. Robin has elected to have his head cryonically preserved when medicine declares him dead.


For the negative:

Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog.  He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.  His next book, The Case Against Education, will appear in 2017.  Caplan has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and appeared on 20/20 and C-SPAN.