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As futurists, Thomas Frey and Trent Fowler take a great interest in studying the disciplines which best elucidate the major trends shaping humanity’s direction, disciplines like economics, physics, and computer science. It’s rare to find anyone conversant in two of these fields, and rarer still to find a person conversant in all of them, and many more besides.
Well, tonight’s guest is someone who has done a remarkable job of uniting disparate ideas into compelling visions of the future, generating concepts like futures markets, the great filter, and grabby aliens which have shaped thinking on problems ranging from the Fermi Paradox to governance.
Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from the California Institute of Technology, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA.
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