Archive for 2014

Welcome, Job-Destroying Robots

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Welcome, Job-Destroying Robots

Let me first emphasize that I’m not talking about the deeper question of superintelligence and what happens when robots can do anything a human can do. This is about the (relatively) more immediate question: What happens when robots can perform any unskilled labor much more cheaply than humans? My answer is that we’ll need a good social safety... »

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Measuring the Impact of the Sharing Economy

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Measuring the Impact of the Sharing Economy

Online marketplaces facilitating peer-to-peer exchange of goods and services have been flourishing. Last year half a million visitors to New York City used Airbnb to find a place to stay. Airbnb is an online marketplace that matches those looking for short-term accommodation with those that can provide it in their homes. So far, consumers have... »

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Living the Robot-Mediated Life

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Living the Robot-Mediated Life

It turns out people are pretty morbidly fascinated by Bethany Soule’s and my auction-based lifestyle. After Bethany’s Messy Matters article, “Love and/or Money,” it was »

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Sex, Race, and Politics in Online Dating

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Sex, Race, and Politics in Online Dating

With Valentine’s Day two weeks away, there’s still plenty of time to find your soul mate. But daters beware: nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court ruled bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional, race still matters. Among newlyweds, only 9% of whites and 17% of blacks married outside their race. Several recent studies, moreover, have shown that... »

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