Ford v Ferrari movie reviews & Metacritic score: Visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) battle corporate interference, the laws...
Robin HansonFood v Ferrari movie felt somewhat like Green Book, i.e., a feel good buddy movie.
More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.
Robin Hanson"403 pages of internal documents that have been shared with The New York Times in one of the most significant leaks … documents confirm the coercive nature of the crackdown in the words and orders of the very officials who conceived & orchestrated it."
A worldview where one is either oppressed or an oppressor will always tend to subordinate individual rights. A new book offers a clear example.
Robin Hanson"There is no space in this worldview for studying any factor that might create or exacerbate racial or ethnic differences or inequalities apart from pure racism. … In fact, the idea of any higher or lower standard for anything is racist"
Philosophy’s questions seem timeless, but its methods are not. The Greeks were the ﬁrst to use reason systematically.
Robin Hanson"What do… have in common, other than their failure to become independent disciplines in their own right…? Is philosophy nothing more than the salon des refusés of the sciences? Mr. Grayling thinks that the answer is 'no' but he is less clear about why."
From Scandinavia to East Asia, fertility rates are falling and families are shrinking. Has modern life become hostile to reproduction?
Robin HansonOh come on! "But these all miss the bigger picture. Our current version of global capitalism … has generated shocking wealth for some, and precarity for many more. These economic conditions generate social conditions inimical to starting families"
Pressed by businesses, interest groups and governments, the internet giant uses blacklists, algorithm tweaks and an army of contractors to shape what you see.
Robin HansonYes, Google doesn't just execute some simple algorithm, it responds to both business and political pressure to change the results it shows. But I haven't yet heard a concrete proposal for a better system than for-profit firms competing for customers.
Robin Hanson"subjects forgo on average about 3/4 of the potential gains from lying. … This strong preference for truth‐telling is robust to increasing the payoff level 500‐fold or repeating the reporting decision up to 50 times."
Robin Hanson"8 experiments with … 3219 participants in a variety of competitive contexts demonstrate that when observers forecast the outcome that another individual will experience, observers systematically overestimate the probability that this individual will win"
Entrants and incumbents can create new products and displace the products of competitors. Incumbents can also improve their existing products. How much of aggregate productivity growth occurs through...
Robin Hanson"most growth appears to come from incumbents … through improvements of existing varieties rather than creation of brand new varieties. … own‐product improvements by incumbents appear to be more important than creative destruction."
It is often thought that the arrival of the Black–Scholes–Merton (BSM) model of option pricing in the early 1970s allowed traders to understand how to price and value options with greater precision. ...
Robin Hanson"It is often thought that the arrival of the Black–Scholes–Merton model of option pricing in the early 1970s allowed traders to … price & value options with greater precision., … [But] interwar option prices were no more mispriced than in modern times"
Robin Hanson"Jin & Leslie (2003) found that grading reduced foodborne illness hospitalizations by 20 percent. … [But] this finding does not hold up under improvements to the original data and methodology."
Scientists are finding that galaxies can move with each other across huge distances, and against the predictions of basic cosmological models. The reason why could change everything we think we know about the universe.
Robin Hanson"observations recorded the polarization of light from nearly 100 quasars,… rotation axes of 19 quasars in this group were parallel, despite the fact that they were separated by several billion light years."
Robin HansonWhy qualify? "We investigate whether speakers can protect their reputation when they make claims with low prior probability, with and without knowledge of the final outcome. … We find … no clear evidence for a protective effect."
Robin HansonThis is a substantial advance over the prior literature, & I expect future mechs to weaken the IID constraint. Alas, this suffers the same key problem of needing truth to be the cheapest way for respondents to coordinate their answers.
A bipartisan movement to do so is under way across the country
Robin Hanson"Researchers say that 8 years after … violent offence, or 4 years after … property one, they are no likelier than anyone else to break the law. Old records impose a broad cost, skewing labour markets by discouraging many from job-seeking."
Wait times are rising in U.S. emergency departments (EDs). The longer a patient waits to be seen, the more their condition may worsen. Notably, patients in worse condition can cost more to care for. ...
Robin Hanson"prolonging the wait of a patient who arrives with a serious condition by 10 minutes will increase the hospital's cost to care for the patient by an average of 6%.… effect dissipates (fading to zero) among patients who arrive with less serious conditions"
The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate wants the government to create an agency that would invest $100 billion over 5 years on basic research in artificial intelligence (AI). Senator Charles Schumer (NY) says the initiative would enable the United...
Robin HansonThis seems a bad bet: "top Democrat in the U.S. Senate wants the government to create an agency that would invest $100 billion over 5 years on basic research in artificial intelligence (AI)."
The Indiana Supreme Court found that the three had "gravely undermined public trust." The fight apparently started when one of the judges raised a middle finger at two men yelling from a passing SUV.
Robin Hanson"3 Indiana judges got into a fight. … drinking the night before … failed attempt to visit a strip club … brawl in the parking lot of an Indianapolis White Castle" How exactly do we know we can trust our legal judges?