Hello ATS members. I rarely post here because of time restraints, and because I rarely have an idea that I feel hasn't already been covered to death
here. I've recently been thinking about the subject of technology evolving society and how certain technologies can completely solve particular
social problems very quickly. Just to give a few examples:
Medicine - Modern medical technology has allowed humanity to overcome some of the world most deadly diseases such as smallpox, ebola, and polio just
to name a few. Many physical injuries that would have meant certain death in the days before modern surgical practices have been reduced to maybe a
few weeks of rehabilitation.
Transportation - I really don't think much needs to be said here. Ancient man had no way to even know there was another side of the earth much less
get there overnight. And now as I type this humanity has the technical ability to create massive magnetic trains that could be built over the whole
globe allowing one to theoretically move from London to New York in maybe 10 minutes. Which would make even air flight obsolete. (Good luck getting
the corporations to see the cost effectiveness of this.)
Leisure - Every facet of human leisure time has been affected by technology. In fact, in our capitalistic society, Leisurly activities are so
intertwined with technology that it is probably the biggest reason for technological advancement there is. Think about it: If video games didn't
exist or were nowhere near as popular as they are in our society would there be as big of a push to get more polygons on the screens of users?
With those (slightly simplified) examples of how technology has shaped our lives, and the lives of everyone on the planet, I must ask the question...
What about society itself?
I am an avid supporter of the futurist Jaque Fresco and The Venus Project. If you have not heard about him or the program he has started then I very
much suggest that you do look it up. In my opinion Mr. Fresco is probably the most accomplished man who has ever taken a breath. I really urge you to
do some research on him and his movement. Put simply laissez faire capitalism, our monetary system and the "Greed is good" lifestyle that comes from
it is the reason for all problems faced by humanity and the planet itself.
The venus project supports a social system call Resource Based Economy. I will attempt to summarize it below:
In Mr. Fresco's vision of a RBE there would be no system of currency so as to not distinguish one man above another.(Oh noes not tha commies!) There
would be no government because as Fresco believes most of what the government does is to regulate, with laws, the conflicts men have over property,
money and feelings of inadequacies caused by economic inequality. The central planning hub of society would essentially be a massive piece of cold
calculating software that would continuously scan the earth's resources and allocate them as needed. There would rarely be work as far as simple
menial labor goes, because as technology advances have shown automation of work is in fact the future of production and it can be expanded to include
nearly everything. This would leave every human mind available to work on intellectual pursuits or in fact whatever they feel like doing.
The reason for this thread and what I've actually been considering is how such a society can come about? I believe I have the answer. It will come
about out of inevitability. The rate of technological advancement is so fast that there will literally come a day where any problem posed by any human
can and will be solved by technology.
How can a government continue if there is no crime?
How can an economy continue if matter can be duplicated using nanotechnology?
These are some of the questions that I pose to myself in my spare time and I am now posing them to you.
Documentary about The Venus Project
Jacque Fresco Wikipedia entry
The Venus Project
Please do not completely flame me if it seems my post is amateurish or if you have an opposing veiwpoint. I would love to hear your views, just not in
a hurtful way. thanks!