Tagged: regulation

Small size simply isn’t the issue … - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 12, 2018

Just yesterday I wrote, in response to a comment that My point simply was that there is no obvious correlation, in the cross section, between population size and GDP per capita (or productivity). I’m not aware of any serious observer arguing otherwise At the level of very simple correlations, I’d illustrated this lack of relationship –  whether for all … Read More

The deregulated interregnum - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 16, 2018

E-cigarettes in New Zealand are in a really interesting spot right now. Last year, the then National-government signalled that a new legal regime for vaping was on its way. At the time, importation of nicotine-containing vaping liquids for personal consumption was allowed, but retail sale within New Zealand was not. That wasn’t to say it didn’t happen, but you kinda … Read More

AI can now make fake porn, making revenge porn even more complicated - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 02, 2018

Nicola Henry, RMIT University; Anastasia Powell, RMIT University, and Asher Flynn, Monash University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In January this year, a new app was released that gives users the ability to swap out faces in a video with a different face obtained from … Read More

Drones and wildlife – working to co-exist - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 12, 2017

By Pip Wallace, University of Waikato; Iain White, University of Waikato, and Ross Martin, University of Waikato The drone market is booming and it is changing the way we use airspace, with some unforeseen consequences. The uptake of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) has been swift. But despite their obvious benefits, concerns are growing about … Read More

New Zealand should not regulate naturopaths - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 28, 2017

Naturopaths can kill, but regulating them is not the answer. Over the weekend, the Sunday Star Times published an article by Simon Maude on an unnamed naturopath whose inept attempts at cancer treatment led to the death of an Auckland woman last year: Naturopathy under microscope after cancer sufferers speak from under shadow of death At … Read More

The autonomous state - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 01, 2017

The biggest fear of artificial intelligence is usually it getting smart enough to get rid of humans. But what if one of the biggest threats is regulating us to death, or at least to subservience? “Efficiency and effectiveness” is a common refrain from those advocating the use of artificial intelligence in government. There is certainly plenty of … Read More

Uber ignorant - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2016

Parliament’s transport select committee is considering how to modernise transport regulations… A lot of people who should have failed intermediate microeconomics like to make the following argument. The theory of perfect competition has perfect information as an underlying assumption Nobody has perfect information Therefore, government must regulate to protect people from bad choices because market failure. It’s wrong on a … Read More

AI, why? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 14, 2016

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere these days, especially in opinion pieces and reports to or from governments. It’s almost like you need IBM Watson Analytics to keep up with it all. Here’s a sampling from the last week or so. Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen notes that it’s a new architecture not just a new feature. Andrew Ng, chief … Read More

Pharmacy only access for e-cigarette nicotine - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 09, 2016

The folks over at the public health blog argue that access to nicotine for vaping should only be through pharmacies, or maybe through some licensed registered shops. One thing is obviously missing from their tallying of the relative costs and benefits of pharmacy-only access. I’ll copy their table below. A brief summary table Attribute/issue Pharmacies Vape stores Product array … Read More

Food, culture, regulation - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 29, 2016

The Herald reports that new Auckland university research shows –  shock, horror – that: “Sixty-nine per cent of urban schools have a convenience store within 800m and sixty-two per cent have a fast-food or takeaway shop in that distance” I was surprised the number was that low, but then in Wellington one finds small schools in all sorts of odd … Read More