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  •  I finished reading Manna. I think its predictions (1+ / 0-)
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    are likely to be very close to reality, especially the negative part of the story. The idea that masses of unemployed people will be warehoused in cheap housing by the government, with most of their freedom taken away, seems especially likely if we remain in a capitalist system.

    As for the positive vision of a heavenly world made possible by robots owned collectively by society, it could prove to be true, but I am somewhat more skeptical. I'm guessing there are various unforeseen problems that would arise in a world where work would be optional, because of the nature of human psychology. For one thing, it's quite possible that in such a world, most people would have difficulty finding meaning for their life, and would end up playing virtual reality games all the time (as briefly discussed at the end of "Manna"). I don't necessarily see that as a positive future for humanity; it could be a form of escapism. How do we know that we aren't already living in a virtual reality right now, and that in order to complete the game properly, we are supposed to experience the challenges of authentic life on earth rather than escaping into a nested VR within the VR universe we're already in?

    Anyway, I found "Manna" to be an incredibly thought-provoking read. Thanks again for sharing the link!

    The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

    by Eric Stetson on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 12:20:38 PM PST

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