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Some Questions. David Hales www.davidhales.com The Open University, UK NESS Grand Challenges, March. 29 th , 2012. Agency and Incentives – what happens to them?. Rational choice / human action as a priori basis for economic explanation (a kind of algorithm)

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some questions

Some Questions

David Hales

www.davidhales.com

The Open University, UK

NESS Grand Challenges, March. 29th, 2012

agency and incentives what happens to them
Agency and Incentives –what happens to them?
  • Rational choice / human action as a priori basis for economic explanation (a kind of algorithm)
  • What to replace it with? (new kinds of algorithm?)
  • What are the boundaries of agency – where is it?
  • New incentive concepts?
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Commons Based Peer Production –

are the hackers right?

commons based peer production are the hackers right
Commons Based Peer Production –are the hackers right?
  • Commons based peer production
  • Incentives – intrinsic v. extrinsic
  • Techno-social networking tools: new decentralised mechanisms for coordination / info. signalling different from “market” price
  • P2P money / lending / banking
  • Can we abstract mechanisms similar to “markets” – group selection?
evolutionary models crude metaphor or new paradigm
Evolutionary models –crude metaphor or new paradigm?
  • Everyone likes evolutionary approaches (it gives us an algorithm – think of Dennett)
  • But is it more than a crude metaphor – if not when what IS evolving in social systems?
  • What different kinds of evolutionary models can be abstracted and where are they applicable?
  • Why did the meme abstraction die out?
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