"Post-scarcity economy" is an impossible concept even in principle (assuming a human society, at any rate). Beyond a certain minimal standard of living, which is in fact quite low by today's standards, most of the things people really care about are zero-sum. They will struggle just as mightily and eagerly to wrest those for themselves no matter how cheap, plentiful, and high-quality non-zero-sum stuff gets. Moreover, habitable land is always zero-sum, which further complicates things.

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"Post-scarcity economy" is an impossible concept even in principle (assuming a human society, at any rate).

How about a totalitarian government with high technology and fertility management?

1multifoliaterose9y I continue to find your comments really stimulating.

"Manna" by Marshall Brain

by cousin_it 9y19th Jan 20111 min read38 comments

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Oldie but goodie. A piece of fiction describing how a computer system can do the job of human managers at fast food restaurants (scarily plausible), how this leads to a dystopia (slowly getting implausible), and how to avoid this scenario and reach utopia (give me a break).