Warning: possible reality singularity

Mike O’Hare gives the Marschak seminar tomorrow at 1 p.m. He’ll talk about the economics of music in a world of file-sharing. Be there, or be square.

Tomorrow at 1 pm in Room C301 at UCLA’s Anderson School, Mike O’Hare will talk about the problem of how to pay for recorded music in a world where recorded music can be perfectly and nearly costlessly copied, and the linked problem of how a listener can figure out what music he hasn’t heard yet he wants to listen to. In a previous talk, Mike discussed the problem from the composer’s viewpoint, in a Malthusian world in which new music competes with an ever-growing historical inventory for scarce ear-share.

The talk is part of the Jacob Marschak Colloquium series, which the oldest established permanent floating social-science seminar at UCLA.

As nominal co-chair of the series (in reality, Mike Intriligator does 99.5% of the actual work) I will be introducing Mike and chairing the Q&A session. With both of us in one room at the same time, some metaphysicians warn of the risk that the reality field will become so intense as to form a singularity, an ontological black hole with reality-binding so strong that no semantic content can escape. So come at your own risk.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com