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Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 439

What is relevant is the total production/supply of goods and services divided by the total population.

As production goes up faster than population growth, then the average standard of living goes up, regardless of who or what is generating the production.

Equitable distribution is the challenge, not imagining how to accelerate productivity - that is taking care of itself.

Comment Re:Too much to express here, but (Score 1) 439

You are absolutely correct. As one trained in economics, business, and sociology (and math and physics) the shape of the future society will be in a response to a post-scarcity world. It is up to all of us to shed the puritanical viewpoint of 'productivity = self worth' and embrace the future.

Will it resemble socialism? Absolutely. Is that bad? Only if it is perverted to serve the cause of dictators .

Comment Re:Alternative (Score 1) 917

First off, the resources on earth that have been utilized are trivial. Second, most non energy resources are recyclable. Third, energy resources in the not distant future will dwarf what we can utilize. Fourth, the Universe is unimaginably large and full of stuff - same is operationally true if you just limit yourself to this solar system.

Comment Re:Alternative (Score 2) 917

You clearly don't understand the basic premise: With increasingly capable automation, there is the potential for unlimited production capacity, totally unconstrained by labor availability (and no, there is no real raw materials constraint).

At that time, one's personal productivity becomes unrelated to one's economic well being. So we will then have a choice between a production controlling class ( the 0.01%) having everything, with no-one with the means to constitute a market, or we can find a way to provide consumption capacity to the 99.99% of humanity.

UBI is one possible solution.

And please, don't go all Puritan work ethic on me. The truth is that the lifestyle is basically identical to an idyllic retirement, just without the 40 years of angst. And no-one shames retirees for not working if the don't want to.

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