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Jun 17, 2014

My guest today is Mark Miller, an American computer scientist. He is known for his work as one of the participants in the 1979 hypertext project known as Project Xanadu; for inventing Miller columns; and the open-source coordinator of the E programming language. He also designed the Caja compiler. Miller is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foresight Institute.

The topic is computer science.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Property rights
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Bitcoin and digital trust
  • “Smart contracts”
  • Why a contract is like a board game
  • Game theory
  • 3rd World infrastructure
  • How program code can become a contract
  • A closer look at “possession is nine-tenths of the law”
  • Whether the Turing Test was just passed
  • Defining the term “singularity”, and the multiple singularities of the past
  • A.I. and nanotechnology
  • How Miller’s work relates to markets
  • The history of hypertext

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