My name is Oliver Braganza. I’m a Bonn (Germany) based Neuroscientist at the IEECR, and have recently (2017) received funding from the VW Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary theory of ‘Proxyeconomics’.
When I first started exploring this topic, out of personal interest, I assumed there must be a theory of this phenomenon. As I searched and searched, I found literature in AI-safety and complex systems research, psychology, economics, science studies, sociology, cultural anthropology, and many other fields. It all seemed highly relevant, but didn’t really relate to each other. I started talking to all my friends, family and collegues about it (thank you for listening) and contacting the authors of the papers I most enjoyed. One of them pointed me to the VW-Foundation Programm ‘Originalitätsverdacht’, which is targeted at precisely the kind of exploratory theory-building research I was trying to find more time for (thanks for that too).
What you read here, and in the related arXive paper is the result of this open exploration. Indeed, I still consistently fail to place the theory within any individual discipline. After presenting the theory, it has been identified as game theory, organizational psychology, complex systems science or sociology.
This website exists for two reasons:
1. A website is ideal to compile all the the different disciplinary aspects and perspectives, allowing every reader to easily jump to the sections they are most interested in. The adjoining publication is by necessity much more narrowly framed.
2. With such an ambitious and extensive project, it is quite obviously essential to foster transdisciplinary exchange. I am in constant search of potential collaborators within respective disciplines. I depend on your expert opinions.
Finally, I want to single out and thank one person in particular, who has made this exploration possible. Namely Heinz Beck who, beside the VW foundation, is providing me with everything I need on my excursion in the land beyond disciplines.