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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cooperation is Central Issue of Our Time

It really has been the central issue of all time. Its just now we have to cooperate with so many people/things.   Or at least have the opportunity to.   And we now have have to cooperate with some some new things, that threaten to take attention from us, even our jobs.   AI enabled, still not nearly intelligent, but cleverly attention seeking.  This started with smartphones, but is leading to many new kinds of things.  Be amazed and cautious.   ....


Cooperation is the most important issue of our time. It is the key to understanding biology, the success of humans, effective business models, social media, and future society based on beneficial AI.

The challenge is that many interactions have the character of the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” or “Tragedy of the Commons” where selfish actors do better for themselves while arming the group benefit and cooperative actors help the group but can lose out in individual competition.

A variety of mechanisms that lead to cooperation have been invented and studied in biology, economics, political science, business, analysis of social technologies, and increasingly in analyzing AI.

All of these subjects are grounded in biology and today’s biology exhibits cooperation at every level of the “Major Transitions in Evolution”:  .... '

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