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  1. Technomonopolies

    We all know monopolies are bad. We even have laws against them that sometimes get enforced. However, today we have new kinds of monopolies that affect us without us even noticing them for what they truly are. And technology plays a central role.

    When we look at social networks we see them usually as a single market, maybe divided between full-blown ones and microblogs. Thus we see Facebook and Google+ competing on a single market that seems to be divided between many players, including a small slice for Diaspora, for example.

    Competition only works where there is a real possibility to choose a product or service. For example, competition between family car makers works, because customers can actually choose different family cars and yet be able to travel to the same places on the same roads, and using the same kinds of fuels.

    Similarly, competition in areas of web browsers and e-mail providers works because regardless of which web browser you choose or with which e-mail provider you set-up your account, you will be able to access the whole web and to contact users of all other providers.

    This, however, is not the case with closed social networks. Facebook users cannot contact Google+ users and vice-versa. Technically, from users’ perspective, Facebook and Google+ are actually separate markets, each of those with a single monopolist provider (Facebook and Google, respectively).

    Once we start seeing technomonopolies for what they are, we can start exploring their consequences, in the same terms we consider consequences of any other kind of monopoly on any other market.


    Day: 2013-12-28 Start time: 23:30 Duration: 00:30 Room: Saal G Track: Ethics, Society & Politics Language: en

    —Huffduffed by Jonny007MKD 3 months ago

  2. Trams: Los Angeles - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The story of the struggle between the tram and the car for supremacy in our cities. 100 years ago Los Angeles had the best and most extensive light rail in the world.


    —Huffduffed by richweatherill 3 months ago

  3. The car industry - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Governments everywhere are confronting the collapse of the global automobile market in different ways, with loans, bailouts and sometimes cold rejection. Rear Vision looks at the history of the car industry in Australia, which has always relied on government support, and in the United States, where the Obama administration is trying to work out whether more government aid could make its car companies viable.


    —Huffduffed by richweatherill 3 months ago

  4. Arnold Kling on the Economics of Health Care and the Crisis of Abundance

    First an aside and then a longer post on an issue touched on in the podcast.

    The aside:

    Arnold Kling stated that health care costs appear to be excessive compared to health outcomes given that longevity in the United States is the same as in other countries that spend less.

    Longevity is not the only measure of health outcomes.

    Many other goods are purchased as well (e.g., time/convenience and the ability to remain active).

    Now the main point.

    I have always thought that auto mechanics are a good analogy to doctors when thinking of solutions to one of the possible sources of market failure in health care:

    the suppliers of the goods (the doctors and auto mechanics) effectively demand the goods (by instructing the patients/car owners as to which tests and treatments should be provided).

    I was glad to hear the podcast discuss this issue, but don’t think it went far enough (although Russ Roberts almost came back to it at the end with a discussion of car insurance for oil changes).

    Russ Roberts indicated that the way he solves this problem is to find a car mechanic he really trusts.

    The transaction costs to that solution are fairly high, and the market has found another (and I think better) solution.

    The car makers have internalized the cost of repairs, and the consumer pays for that cost in the price of the car.

    My experience is that vehicle warranties (on both new cars and used "certified" cars and used cars purchased through the national vendors) have become much more comprehensive and extended warranties are much cheaper and more comprehensive (I used to never purchase them, but have with my last two cars).

    At least one car maker I know of (BMW) has even internalized the routine maintenance (oil changes) given that the failure to obtain that maintenance may cause more costly warranty claims.

    Perhaps the pervasiveness of third party payment systems is due to the high transaction costs of educating medical consumers or finding trustworthy doctors and providers.

    The internet may reduce some of those costs, but my guess is that most consumers only do the research after obtaining a diagnosis (and not research on whether or when to obtain tests and care in the absence of a diagnosis).

    Ultimately this analogy would suggest that HMOs (providers who both provide care and take on the insurance risk) as being the best solution to the transaction costs of finding trustworthy providers.

    And yet, my experience (I am an attorney who works with employers on their benefit plans, including medical plans) is that HMOs have dramatically declined in popularity (to the point that many employers do not offer them as an option).

    What’s going on here?

    Is the analogy wrong?

    Interested in the thoughts of others on this point.


    —Huffduffed by rp2dasea 4 months ago

  5. Marketplace on GM’s first female CEO

    —Huffduffed by smokler 4 months ago

  6. Asymcar 6: Peak Horse | Asymcar

    Steve Crandall brings a new perspective as a guest. Steve’s analysis of complex systems has given him a huge pool of wisdom into which we dip our dainty spoons.

    We survey the interlopers seeking to replace many jobs that cars have traditionally done, from horses to bicycles, planes, trains and buses.

    We dive deeper into a few earlier Asymcar topics including energy, regulation, infrastructure, power train evolution, societal changes, distribution networks, urbanization and consider the promise of electric bicycles.

    Several innovation timing lessons temper our expectations for immediate improvements.

    Finally, we revisit the emerging transportation information layer and how such services may change public behavior and the auto-ecosystem.


    —Huffduffed by rchopra 6 months ago

  7. Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

    Huffduffed from http://www.npr.org/2013/08/21/209579037/why-millennials-are-ditching-cars-and-redefining-ownership?utm_source=NPR&utm_campaign=20130821&utm_content=bufferea3af&utm_medium=twitter

    —Huffduffed by swirlspice 8 months ago

  8. Podcast 2: Is Tesla Disruptive? Also Segway, Multiair, Winglet, Organ Donors & Regulation Über Alles | Asymcar

    Horace Dediu and Jim Zellmer discuss the odds of disrupting the present automotive club via Tesla. We further dive into the regulatory and cultural environment that sustains the current players, while reflecting a bit on Segway, Toyota’s Winglet, organ donors and the Fiat “multiair” engine. Finally, we preview a larger discussion on apps in and around the car.

    —Huffduffed by pauld 8 months ago

  9. Tubular exoskeleton-type thing | Asymcar #1

    Horace Dediu and Jim Zellmer discuss how to think about cars in this 57 minute podcast. http://www.asymcar.com/?p=21

    —Huffduffed by tofias 9 months ago

  10. 99% Invisible Episode 76- The Modern Moloch

    On the streets of early 20th Century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour. Responsible parents would tell their children, “Go outside, and play in the streets. All day.”

    And then the automobile happened. And then automobiles began killing thousands of children, every year.


    —Huffduffed by adactio 11 months ago

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