Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson

Associate Professor of Economics
George Mason University

Robin Hanson is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University in the US and a researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He is an expert on prediction markets and the social implications of future technologies, e.g. artificial intelligence and nano-technology and their influence on the economy and society. Politically he supports futarchy – a society where policy decisions are made based on open prediction markets. Robin has a diverse background: he has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in physics but a PhD in social sciences. Robin has researched the artificial intelligence and Bayesian statistics at NASA and developed a prediction market predicting the political stability, economic growth and military activity of foreign countries for the US Department of Defense. Robin’s ideas often cause controversial reactions and he wishes to find ways to more effectively decentralize the government’s tasks.


Lecture – The Elephant In The Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Your brain is hiding your real motives from you. Prof. Robin Hanson explains how we evolved to deceive ourselves about politics, education, medicine, and even laughter.