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Why we get so much innovation when we get ourselves into trouble

It is tempting to make the trite observation with respect to recent progress…


One weird trick that unlocks unreasonably effective procurement

A Falcon 9 launches astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA/Bill Ingalls.

The awardee was a company called Kistler Aerospace, run by former NASA…


We need productivity improvements in the sectors that disproportionately affect the poor

The trickle-down theory is all but dead, but there is more to the supply side of the economy than taxes. Thousands of government decisions affect real output and economic productivity. A new supply-side economics would recognize that productivity growth is the right target, but it would reject tax policy as the primary…


Machine learning has unlocked one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of this century

Illustration by Christoph Burgstedt


Give geothermal the same permitting concessions as oil and gas on public lands

The shale revolution was not inevitable. It was supported by key policy choices to foster the development of unconventional oil. …


Why Apple’s strict App Store rules can be pro-consumer and pro-developer

The Blue Screen of Death

Who do you blame when something goes wrong?

Have you ever experienced a blue screen of death? Nobody likes it when his computer crashes, but the BSoD, the screen that is displayed when Windows crashes, features a particularly frustrating problem: It is difficult to know who is to blame for the crash.

An operating system can crash for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that there is a bug in the operating system, in which case the OS manufacturer is to blame. Another is that there is a hardware failure. The motherboard, RAM, peripherals like a video card: any of these could cause a crash. It…


How prediction markets can make the world more rational

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Rational irrationality

Economist Bryan Caplan was the first scholar to recognize the full implications of preferences over beliefs for political economy. In a string of papers (1, 2


For computers to serve us, they must understand human contexts


The dispute between Twitter and Trump shows the value of unowned, censorship-resistant networks

47 USC 230 was originally part of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which became law in 1996. The CDA was an attempt by Congress to regulate indecency and obscenity on the Internet. Courts overturned most of the Act as an infringement on free speech, but 230 survived.

Subsection 230(c)…


A response to Brookings

By Eli Dourado and Josh T. Smith

Photo by RawFilm on Unsplash

In the spirit…

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