Robin Hanson, professor of economics George Mason University Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute. He is known as an expert on idea futures and markets. Robin loved Science fiction s a child, and he also studies the social impact of future technologies and has spent nine years researching Artificial Intelligence. Hanson has written the book, The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, concerning his views on brain emulation and its eventual impact on society. His most recent book, The Elephant in the Brain, was released in January 2018. Coauthored by Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain looks at uncovering mental blind spots in society and for individuals.