THINK 2016: Prof David Friedman on “Future Imperfect”
What kinds of transformative technologies are likely or possible in the near future? How will they affect us and our relations with government? Will they enhance and extend individual freedom or threaten it – or may they do both? What are the implications for politics and government of some of the things that are happening, that we can foresee and can realistically imagine?
Professor David Friedman is a widely published scholar with more than three decades of experience in academia, having taught extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.S., magna cum laude from Harvard University. Currently a Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, he has taught at VPI, U.C. Irvine, Cornell, Tulane, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.
His area of expertise ranges from business to economics to law; he has published economic analyses of punitive damages, trade-secret law, criminal punishment, the size of nations, and a variety of other topics, including medical care, population economics, the economics of war, historical perspectives on freedom, and criminal defense. He is the author of books on price theory, economic analysis of law, implications of future technology, and libertarian economics and philosophy, as well as two fantasy novels.
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