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!