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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Artificial Intelligence Wrote This Article on Property Rights

Technology continues to exceed our wildest speculations

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I wrote this article using the OpenAI Playground. OpenAI Playground is a tool that allows users to generate text using AI. The only writing in the article done directly by humans was the headings and the changes requested by the editor.

AI is a type of computer technology that is capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as visual perception, natural language processing, and decision-making.

While AI is still in its infancy, it is already being used in a number of applications, such as search engines, robotics, and self-driving cars. AI is proving to be a powerful tool that can help us solve complex problems, and its potential is only just beginning to be explored.

The advancement of technology in the 21st century has drastically changed the way we live our lives. From advances in healthcare, communication, transportation, and entertainment, technology has made life easier and more enjoyable.

Economic institutions have enabled the development of technology. This article will examine the economic institutions which have enabled technology to reach this level of advancement, discuss their importance, and explore the future implications of these institutions for technological innovation.

The 3 Ps of Economic Institutions

“Economic institutions” refer to the set of laws and regulations that govern how resources are allocated and how incentives are provided to individuals and businesses. The three Ps of economic institutions are property rights, prices, and profit. These three Ps form the foundation of economic institutions, helping to determine how resources are used and how incentives are provided.

Property rights refer to the ownership of land, labor, and capital assets, and the rights of individuals to use and dispose of them. The right to secure private property helps to foster innovation by providing individuals and businesses with incentive to create new products and services.

The right to secure private property guaranteed under capitalism allows innovators and entrepreneurs to invest their resources into the development of AI technology, without fear of having their ideas, technology, or investments taken away without compensation. This provides a strong incentive for innovation, as innovators know that their investments will be protected and that they can reap the rewards of their work.

Additionally, private property rights also allow innovators to keep their ideas and inventions confidential, meaning that they can reap the benefits of their ideas without the fear of having their ideas stolen or copied by competitors. This incentivizes innovation, as innovators are more likely to invest their resources into the development of new and innovative AI technology, knowing that their ideas will be secure and that they will benefit from their hard work.

Prices arise due to property rights because they allow individuals or organizations to set an exchange rate on a particular good or service that they own and to decide who has access to it. When people or organizations have the right to possess and use a particular good or service, they can set a price for it.

Prices coordinate the plans of producers and consumers by transmitting knowledge about scarcity across the economy. By signaling the costs and benefits of particular goods and services, prices provide incentives for producers and consumers to make decisions about what to produce and consume. For example, rising prices for AI-related services can signal to producers that there is a high demand for AI, prompting them to increase production of AI-related services. This increased production can lead to greater efficiency, cost savings, and improved quality of AI-related services, which can benefit consumers.

Profit and loss are determined by the difference between the cost of inputs, such as capital goods, and the selling price of the finished product. Without access to the prices of inputs, entrepreneurs cannot calculate their potential profit or loss on a given project.

Knowing the cost of production and the potential selling price of the final product is essential in order to accurately calculate the potential profit or loss that could be generated from a project. Knowing this information allows entrepreneurs to make informed decisions about whether to undertake a particular project, or how to adjust the cost of their inputs in order to maximize their profits.

Profit/loss calculation helps direct resources to ends consumers value. When businesses sell goods and services that are in high demand, they are able to generate more profits, which can then be used to expand and improve their offerings. This increases the value of the goods and services they provide, making them more attractive to consumers. This cycle of increased demand, increased profits, and increased value for consumers helps to ensure that resources are directed towards ends that are of value to the consumer.

Profit/loss calculation helps cut down on the wasteful use of inputs by providing a clear and concrete measure of how efficiently resources are being used. By examining the cost of inputs versus the revenue generated from their use, businesses can identify areas where they may be overspending or underutilizing resources. This information can help them make more informed decisions about how to allocate resources in the future and make adjustments to reduce costs and maximize profits.

The Future of AI

There is a fear that AI will replace jobs. This is because AI is capable of automating certain tasks that used to require human labor, such as data entry, customer service, and even certain types of manual labor.

This could lead to a decrease in job opportunities for people and make it difficult for them to find work. Additionally, AI is capable of learning and adapting, which means that it could eventually be able to do many of the jobs that people currently do, leading to a decrease in the demand for human labor.

Despite these fears, there are two reasons for optimism.

1) Anti-technology fear relating to lost employment is misplaced because technology can actually create more jobs and increase productivity. For example, when the printing press was invented, it created a need for more writers, bookbinders, copy editors, and more. Automation has also created new jobs in fields such as robotics engineering, software development, and automation engineering. Even in the retail sector, automated checkout machines have enabled the creation of jobs in areas such as customer service and product training. Ultimately, technology can increase productivity and create more jobs, rather than eliminate them.

2) AI will increase the return to capital which will increase the income of everyone who has any stocks, including a 401k. AI will help companies become more efficient, which will lead to increased profits and higher stock prices. As the value of stocks increase, so will the value of 401k accounts. This will result in increased income for everyone who has any stocks, including a 401k.

How I Didn’t Write this Article

The article was written by giving the AI playground various prompts and then putting the pieces together to make it make sense. For example, I gave OpenAI the prompt “Explain how the right to secure private property fosters innovation” to generate pieces of the article.

If you would like to try this for yourself, you can create an account on

You can then give OpenAI prompts to generate pieces of text. Some things you can try in OpenAI are summarizing an article, generating a story, or completing a sentence. You can also use OpenAI to generate lyrics or generate creative writing.

The beauty of the free market is that it allows innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) to emerge. AI is a tool that can be used to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. AI can help to automate mundane tasks, improve processes, and optimize decision-making. This can free up resources and time for people, allowing them to focus on tasks that are more meaningful.

AI can also be used to create products and services that can improve quality of life and enhance human flourishing. AI is being used to develop medical treatments, create new educational materials, and provide access to resources in developing countries.

The potential of AI to improve human life is immense and its use in the free market could enable us to reach new heights of success and prosperity.

Authors note: All additions made directly by humans in the text of this article are in italics. Anything not in italics was not written by a human (even the last section about how I didn’t write the article). The rest of the article is AI. A few words in sentences created by the AI were removed. Prompts to the AI involved varying levels of specificity to achieve desired results.

  • Peter Jacobsen is a Writing Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education.