Getting Into Social Debt–And Getting Out

In Silicon Valley, companies discuss and worry about their “technical debt.” That’s the friction caused by the accumulation of bad design choices, expedient compromises, avoided decisions, and postponed work. Enough technical debt makes your product less attractive and your company less capable. In providing social goods, we incur an analogous “social debt” for many...

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Measuring The Fair Distribution of Social Goods

When human communities subsisted as hunter-gatherers, we recognized the evolutionary benefit of fairness.  As our social nature evolved to living in settled communities, some people started having more than others. We accepted a certain level of inequality–as long as everyone had enough. But that begs the question: what is the fair distribution of social...

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