What is the most valuable knowledge in the world? Let's say I rule out a few categories:
  1. Psychic knowledge of the future
  2. Psychic mind reading
  3. Trade secrets
  4. Company insider information
  5. National security secrets, such as war plans

Fair game is any sort of information that could be collected with some amount of time and effort, even if it isn't being collected at the moment. And it has to be legally obtained.

I'll take a stab at the question just to prime the pump. Suppose you formed a private online club of people who represented a random selection of investors in general. So you'd have some professional advisors and lots of regular folks who pick their own stocks. Every day at a set time the members of the club are asked to submit to the private online system their opinion of what stocks they find attractive to buy in the next 24 hours. Before the results are tabulated and distributed back to the members only, each member is given an opportunity to invest any amount of money in whatever the club ends up picking as the most popular stock. If they opt in, all of their trades would be executed at the same time, or perhaps randomly at nearly the same time, so no member gets an advantage. Only the single most popular stock would be purchased for all members, one per day.

If selected correctly, this random collection of investors would, on average, have the same opinions as the public in general, but they would execute their trades before the rest of the world, on average, and get in before the generally popular stocks run up. This concept banks on the notion that whatever ideas in the media or in life that are floating around influencing minds are influencing the member group in the same way as the public at large. Call it zeitgeist.

What's your take on the most valuable information in the world?

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Aug 20, 2010
What a girl wants.
Jul 29, 2009
what the wall st. insiders are up too. the rest of use are in the market to be mined. a collection of investors would find that the great investors are right, but not at the same time. some one will be hot for a year or two. then its back to no better than any one. the market is not smart. if it was they would be no way to make money on any thing but on what the stock payed. every one would know about ups and downs
Jul 25, 2009
Knowing which of your commenters are currently incarcerated in jail or mental wards, and which are still roaming the streets spreading disinformation and stupidity. (Me? I've been on the streets since the Camarillo Facility closed in 1997.)
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Jul 20, 2009
Isn't that how trial by jury work?

And even with all the restrictions and elaborations they have >25% of convicts are innocent.

Crowds are not always right, google.com search results are shining examples of that.
Jul 17, 2009
Maybe I have been reading Dilbert and your blogs too long, but it seems to me that the most valuable information in the world would be the "dirt" on everyone with money. Who needs a group or investments? The dirt keeps building and the rich would pay handsomely to keep it buried. Let everyone else work hard... a few well placed threats of leaking those secrets would keep you wealthy enough to live well and prove to be invaluable.
Jul 16, 2009
Knowledge of self
Jul 14, 2009
Knowing someone loves you.
Jul 13, 2009
This isn't related to the current post... but it seems that the word !$%*!$% is being censored by this blog. I've read two people's comments where it appears as "!$%*!" instead. In case mine is censored, the word in question is m i l e s. It might also be kms but I'm guessing it's the imperial one rather than metric....
Jul 13, 2009
Asking a random sample what stocks they like tomorrow is not what they would like the next day, so you're not going to see a preview of what the markets will actually buy. If that were true, you could ask the same sample what stocks they like one week from now, and get ready for the boom.
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Jul 13, 2009
as they say, it's not knowing stuff, but it's knowing where to go to get knowledge about the stuff.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7)
Jul 13, 2009
Knowing which disease free of age woman that will have casual sex with no strings attached might be up their on the list.

Otherwise just knowing the psychos would help too.
Jul 13, 2009
So very, very sad Mr. Adams. You honestly thing that THE MOST VALUABLE INFORMATION revolves around the financial markets? REALLY??? Good luck with that.

I seriously have lost a huge amount of respect for you.
Jul 13, 2009
What I'd really like is to know who is the best match for me to date/marry, and how to contact them and convince them of this fact. Carpe Geekem's database of all the personal preferences of everyone in the world is a close second.
Jul 13, 2009
Ravenblack, I've used solar stills, and they are not the solution. The ground that it's in dries up after you use it for a couple of days, and you get no more water out of it except what you put into it, in the form of, eg., plants. So every morning you go gather a bunch of plants, take apart your still, put them in, put it back together, and at the end of the day you have a cup of water.
Jul 13, 2009
Scott, it's sad that now that you're rich and don't need to worry about money, you seem to spend a huge fraction of your time thinking about money.

Money is only instrumental, so how to get more money can't be the most valuable thing.
Jul 13, 2009
I like the question but I kind of don't like your priming answer. I just feel there is too much value placed on this trade advantage / market stuff. Could we not return to values that involve actually creating or achieving things? Like how to use the solar energy in the Saharaor other deserts to obtain hydrogen and use it as a renewable fuel, or cure cancer, to me would seem valuable. Depends on your values I guess.
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Jul 13, 2009
According to me, that would be:

1. How to do what we do today with minimal environmental impact.
2. How to do what we do today with minimal global economic differences.

This can give us really long time sustainability. The problem with concentrating critical resources is that it is highly prone to nature's vagaries.
Jul 12, 2009
How to not waste time, how to apply your strength to solvable problems, in short, how to differentiate reality from all the attractive distractions.
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Jul 11, 2009
Without self knowledge, knowledge of other things is basically in the hands of a fool -- and therefore largely useless. That's all I meant when I said that self knowledge is the most important information available to us. It's a threshold condition thingie -- a gateway to dealing with other information intelligently ... maybe even wisely?

However, knowing whether or not a "hot chick" is "digging on me" is definitely an intriguing alternative to my proposition. ;-)

Jul 11, 2009
The most valuable knowledge is knowing whats the right time to do the right work and who the right people to be associated with at that time?
I guess if anybody knows the secret of the above three requirements, he doesn't need any other knowledge.What do you say, Scott?
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