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Idea Futures

At 3:03 PM 10/14/95, [email protected] wrote:
>On Sat, 14 Oct 1995, Dr. Frederick B. Cohen wrote:
>>       I have a better idea.  How about an open market in break-in
>> software.  We crack Netscape and offer the crack code to the highest
>> bidder.  Bids start at US$25K per hole.  For the insult, Netscape has to
>> outbid the competition by a factor of 2 to get the details of the hole.
>> Here's how it works:
>Funny that you mention it, the other mailing list (or rather set of lists)
>I'm on is devoted to a just such market system. The Idea Futures home page
>is at http://if.arc.ab.ca/~jamesm/IF/IF.shtml. You'll find a few familiar

Robin Hanson, who developed (so far as I know) the modern focus on idea
futures, was an active Bay Area person. His interests parallel ours, and I
think he was on the CP list for a while back in '92.

(Some of his game theory simulations--on betting markets and
preference-revealing--were a main inspiration for the "Crypto Anarchy Game"
I put on at the first Cypherpunks meeting in '92.)

--Tim May

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