Skip to comments.If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)
Posted on 03/05/2014 9:49:29 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Imagine going online and, with a single click, printing out any physical object. With a miniature production plant in every home, there would be no need for retail stores, factories, shipping or the pollution associated with those activities. Large-scale automation of a huge segment of the workforce, combined with free worldwide-Internet, 3D printing and renewable off-grid energy will free humanity to achieve anything without worrying about basic material needs.
FREE WIFI FOR ALL
In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. A futuristic project spearheaded by the New York-based Media Development Investment Fund will see 150 miniature satellites launched into low Earth orbit beginning in June 2015. These satellites will datacast the Internet around the planet in a manner similar to satellite television, with plans to make the signal two-way soon after.
Citizens of the planet will be able to educate themselves on any topic at no cost, exchange billions of ideas at the speed of light and organize to overthrow oppressive governing regimes should the need arise. The Internet has already been responsible for the rapid rise of free software and entertainment including music, movies, books, news and video games and will continue improving when combined with 3D printing.
THE LIBERTY OF 3D PRINTING
The capabilities of 3D printers have grown exponentially during the past decade. The Nanoscribe 3D printer can replicate the Empire State Building within the width of a human hair and can construct models 30 millionths of a meter in diameter by layering of liquid plastic. Its a matter of time before 3D printers are able to print at an atomic and molecular level; this development could allow people in the comfort of their own home to download designs off the Internet and print tools, parts and robot assistants to perform repetitive tasks.
Larger 3D printers could construct infinitely customizable houses, cars, boats and planes within 24 hours for anyone who wanted one. While hugely liberating for the modern working class consumer, 3D printing threatens established institutions of power and wealth that may resist the coming technological revolution.
WITH ABUNDANCE, DO WE NEED GOVERNANCE?
The overwhelming majority of conflicts in human history have occurred between governments as a result of resource scarcity. Spain, Portugal, England, France, Holland and Germany fought hundreds of battles while spreading disease and forcing the colonization of millions of natives around the world in order to bring home cheap crops, minerals and labor.
The Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. in World War II to secure access to oil and commodities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the main reason the Southern Confederacy wanted slavery to remain legal was to avoid many of the costs of labor involved in the production of cotton, tobacco and other agricultural commodities for European export.
Governing bodies have only existed just as long as organized agriculture, and their function has largely been to redistribute surplus resources in the form of taxes as payment for safeguarding consumers and stockpiles of goods from those who would raid them. If ideas, resources, goods, labor and energy become abundant, there would be no need for Social Security or welfare, and maintaining a defense force would be pointless as resources and goods would be available to all free of charge. Money would also become obsolete, because it has no intrinsic use or value.
In a world of free and uncensored Internet, 3D printing and near-limitless clean energy, organized central government would no longer be necessary nor serve much purpose.
So, we can free our way out of big gummint?
I’d like some of whatever he’s having...
It would be like what happened to the Krell.
Those who have a vested interest in big government aren’t so enthusiastic about losing their jobs.
Where do I get my free printer?
Choom Gang, the Sequel?
How will people get the free stuff to load up their printers with?
Even if man were nothing but a piano key, even if this were proved to him by natural science and mathematics, even then he would not become reasonable, but would purposely do something perverse out of sheer ingratitude, simply to have his own way
then, after all, perhaps only by his curse will he attain his object, that is, really convince himself that he is a man and not a piano key! If you say that all this, too, can be calculated and tabulated
then man would purposely go mad in order to be rid of reason and have this own way.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From Underground
You mean every one of America’s three hundred million folks could have a thousand acres of land free of charge?
Wow, that’s excellent!
Guy’s been watching too much Star Trek.
They’re printing yours up right now.
I’ve seen reference to universities accepting transfer credit for online courses. Khan University and other places offer free courses.
There is a significant opportunity for making education readily available for very low costs, if it is “allowed.”
Education for those at low economic levels makes it possible for them to acquire the knowledge to improve their well being.
Obviously I’m only talking about those willing to do so.
The cost of “higher education” is ridiculous, so I foresee a potential “revolution” in education opportunity, if “allowed.”
What this article says is true... but it does not go far enough. We are at the dawn of a new technological revolution, one far more powerful and sweeping than any that have come before.
As always, thanks 2ndDivisionVet for keeping us all informed about these important matters... you are a tireless FRiend.
Retarded as the article yesterday claiming America is fat, wasteful and lacks charity to feed others.
Let’s take charity:
We export more food to the world than all other countries combined.
Egypt erupts in riots if we forget to send food to their ports for only three days.
Cuba has another Mariana boat lift if they don’t receive our shipments of food and medical supplies.
China just let’s their people starve if rice and wheat suddenly don’t appear on their shores from Murica.
Americans are fat:
Uhm yeah and so are a good many immigrants who were previously malnourished or skinny.
Maybe coming to America isn’t such a healthy choice.
Americans toss more food in the trash than the entire world combined:
“And? We’re Americans. We give a **ck.”
Heck, even the people of Somalia are eating more than at anytime in their history because of American generosity.
So, cry me a river.
In an age of technological retreat? Put the Concorde back in the sky and maybe I’ll think any of it is true. Dark ages are just one or two EMPs, solar storms and/or several volcanic events away.
3-D printer Bump!
Thank you, I appreciate it.
Yeah, and how will THAT work, you POS Volvo driver?
How are you going to MAKE doctors, nurses and support staff get out of bed at 6am to give you your "free" health care?
Sorry to break it to these trust fund a$$holes, but, SOMEONE has to PAY for your "free" health care.
It'll be just like it is now: The printer won't cost much, it's the ink cartridges that will get you.
So, we’ll be able to print free vegetables and food and medicine and water and everything and no one will have to work to produce the raw materials for anything, you just print everything on your free printer off free Internet. /sarc
We have a winner.
I especially like the “printing at an atomic level”.
Seriously, I own enough crap already.
150 satellites will be built, launched, maintained, and operated for free?
The stuff that is used in 3d printing is cheap and pollution-free?
This person is a buffoon
3D printers? It seems to me that we are at the high noon of the electronic revolution, and everybody is blinded by it. It's fantastic, i.e. " ...wild, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable,..." to take the middle third of Google's definition.
David Archibald has written a new book. In short: Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: fifty years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is overprepare for the twilight of abundance.
Roman needs a great big dose of reality. Is this crap what universities are supposed to teach?(rhetorical question).
So, if he gets sick, is he going to print out a doctor, dentist, or surgeon to diagnose and treat his condition ? How about the “free internet”. Does this idiot think the servers maintain themselves ?
Only the central govt gives stuff away for “free”.
It has been my experience that people value what they earned by the sweat of their brow, and even given something equal in every way will not value and care for it as well. If you knew, for instance, that you’d painlessly get another, you would not take care of it. In the end, we’d become wasteful to an insane degree.
IOW, it always costs something.
Even if government was all powerful enough to confiscate all wealth and the means to produce that which wealth can buy, theoretically giving the masses the ability to have or create anything it wants, it will still cost you.
It will cost you allegiance, conformance, right-thinking or any manner of capitulation, but it will be 'free'. So long as you are on your knees when you get the approval stamp to 'print' it.
“...and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years.”
WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! Did some crazy academic really say this? NOT global warming?
“Citizens of the planet will be able to educate themselves on any topic at no cost, exchange billions of ideas at the speed of light and organize to overthrow oppressive governing regimes should the need arise.”
Actually, they’ll be too busy passing around pics of ass to worry about that stuff.
Damn, I can’t drink this pretty. Too bad I have to take piss tests these days.
——In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. ——
Stopped reading right there....
In the next few years....all tyrannical depots will quit ?
Free unicorns and skittles for all...
Where are the people moving side walks and the flying cars that usually come with such predictions?
Ummm...so okay Mr. Kalinowski, what do you plan on doing to support yourself and your family while waiting impatiently for your 3D Utopia of free stuff to arrive for everybody?
Seriously, if you must smoke that stuff, please do it after work, not before. Your “articles” will make a lot more sense if you do.
I think this particular article is too focused on 3D printing etc.
There is already a growing problem with the central issue, which is automation (computers, robots, CNC machines etc.) replacing humans - i.e. taking their jobs.
Farming is a good example. Because of improved machinery, one person can now farm as much as many more would have 100 years ago. There are fewer farmers than ever, yet we produce more food.
We have a large and growing population, and less and less work for them to do. A large portion of them don’t have the intellectual capacity to make a meaningful contribution on the “creative” side.
Going forward, things are only going to move more in that direction. I personally think Kurzweil’s singularity will happen, certainly before the end of the 21st Century. That will complete this process one way or the other. Perhaps the best outcome that can be hoped for is that humans will be augmented and empowered by it, so they can participate in the big discoveries to come.
I think it’s almost impossible to predict what society and the world scene will look like in 50-100 years. “Climate change” is certainly a red herring...
“May you live in interesting times” - an old Chinese curse. :-)
I own a 2-D printer. The most expensive part of it, by far, is the INK. What does this fool think will need to be fed to the 3-D printers, air?
“I own a 2-D printer. The most expensive part of it, by far, is the INK. What does this fool think will need to be fed to the 3-D printers, air? “
One version is:
The major requirement is virtually unlimited energy - nuclear, thermonuclear or LENR. Then you need robotic factories that can produce general purpose robots. The robots are “talented” enough to repair the factories, and perform virtually all of the “productive” tasks humans perform today, including mining/growing raw materials (the “ink”). The “struggle to survive” has been eliminated.
One hopes humanity will then show its greatness and colonize the Solar System and beyond - instead of sitting in front of the TV...
Unlimited, free, sustainable, distributed energy has been a pipe dream of leftists since at least the 1940’s when nuclear energy became feasible. It is simply not yet even on the horizon. It’s gone from fission to fusion to cold to LENR to DiLithium crystals. There is a lot more than just technology to get unlimited free energy to everyone on earth. It’s called reality.
One question in a world of 3D printers will be, under what laws do the data files used to create the article exist. This is actually fairly important. If it is treated as an invention, then it will be controlled under patent law for (I think) 17 years, after which time anyone who wants to use it can do so freely. If, on the other hand, it is considered to be copyrightable, then it essentially stays out of the public domain forever.I’m quite sure that business will make sure that it is the latter, because we have the best congress that money can buy.