Atstake is a plaform for the fair enforcement of two-person contracts, using Ethereum. It’s a first step toward a general system of private law, where people post bonds which are forfeit if they don’t live up to their agreements. Atstake is extremely general and can be used for almost any type of agreement.

This five minute visual tour will give you a sense of how it works.

Improving institutional decision making

Society’s decisions are very far from optimal, both because of misaligned incentives and inaccurate beliefs about how the world works. This is especially unfortunate because technological progress is accelerating and destabilizing society and politics. Not being able to coordinate well in the face of existential risks is very bad.

I believe prediction markets may be a key to solving this problem. I explain in this writeup.