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Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by [Yudkowsky, Eliezer]
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"Inadequate Equilibria is a little gem of a book: wise, funny, and best of all useful. Eliezer Yudkowsky and I haven't always agreed about everything, but on the subject of bureaucracies and how they fail, his insights are gold. This book is one of the finest things he's written. It helped me reflect on my own choices in life, and it will help you reflect on yours."
--Scott Aaronson
David J. Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas 
Author, "Quantum Computing Since Democritus"

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Inadequate Equilibria is a book about a generalized notion of efficient markets, and how we can use this notion to guess where society will or won't be effective at pursuing some widely desired goal.
An efficient market is one where smart individuals should generally doubt that they can spot overpriced or underpriced assets. We can ask an analogous question, however, about the "efficiency" of other human endeavors.
Suppose, for example, that someone thinks they can easily build a much better and more profitable social network than Facebook, or easily come up with a new treatment for a widespread medical condition. Should they question whatever clever reasoning led them to that conclusion, in the same way that most smart individuals should question any clever reasoning that causes them to think AAPL stock is underpriced? Should they question whether they can "beat the market" in these areas, or whether they can even spot major in-principle improvements to the status quo? How "efficient," or adequate, should we expect civilization to be at various tasks?
There will be, as always, good ways and bad ways to reason about these questions; this book is about both.
--Eliezer Yudkowsky

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  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939311187
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  • Publisher: Machine Intelligence Research Institute (November 16, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076Z64CPG
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