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Questions tagged [post-scarcity]

For questions about societies where meeting basic human needs is no longer a worry due to an abundance of available resources.

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Essentials for post apocalyptic traveler

You are a traveling across what used to be Colorado and Utah: it may be cold, it may be hot. This is okay, you have caches of clothing and weather gear you can easily pick up. Electricity is ...
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Would money, capitalism and the monetary system completely disappear in a post scarcity or resource based economy? [closed]

Do you think it will be possible that everything will be free and people will no longer need to work if we achieve post scarcity and resource based economy?If yes, what technologies would make society ...
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How can a Qualia Economy function?

First of all, there are a few parts to this question. Although not necessary, I highly recommend reading my initial designs on the qualia economy. The first part is my own design: The Qualia ...
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What classes should be included in a “restart the human race” curriculum?

I've mostly written a story from the point of view of filler programs in an online university, the characters initially existed to put human students at ease in RV classrooms with greatly diminished ...
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How would a postapocalyptic space-faring society look like? [closed]

Story of the universe: Humanity develops technology providing virtually free, unlimited energy, having FTL interstellar travel, creating dyson spheres and terraforming worlds. All humans are ...
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How could a humanist civilization favor the selfless?

In a world based on secular humanism, the powerful strive for universal well-being and individuals prefer the long-term profit for all to the short-term profit for one. Because everyone is striving ...
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Jobs in a post-scarcity society

What happened It's late 2017, and aliens finally arrive on earth. They're very happy to meet us because we're the first civilization their generation ship encounters, and they freely share the two ...
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Justifications for practicing capitalism in what's otherwise a world 2,000+ years post-scarcity? [closed]

So, for some context: This is a world artificially engineered by a single hyper-advanced precursor in an attempt to rapidly develop some new civilizations and militarize them in hopes of combating a ...
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Could inequality and class warfare still exist in a post-scarcity society?

Let's assume post-scarcity in this case means everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has unlimited access to food (or bio-engineered food substitutes), a place to live, means of ...
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What would be the first form of government to form a post scarcity society/economy [closed]

It is the far future and the earth is no longer suitable for human life. All the major forms of government (Democracy,Republic,Monarchy,aristocracy,Dictatorship, Democratic Republic) have spread to ...
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In future say around 2500 , will everything would be free of cost in this world? [closed]

In the future will money / trade system will diminish and everything will be free . i.e all humans contribute to society in one way or another and in turn take what ever they want from society and ...
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Developing a Post-Scarcity Economy/Society in a Simulated Universe

So I'm working on a novel that uses the same main premise as Scott Meyer's Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 ) in which my protagonists discover that they live (as does everyone else) in a simulated ...
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Pegging currency to agrarian produce

Under the Bretton Woods system the US Dollar was fixed to gold. ($35 would get you an ounce of gold if you were there.). This obviously created problems when gold became rarer and rarer; the American ...
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How would first contact be with “post-organic” aliens?

Let's imagine that on some planet some clever critters create an AI. Now lets say that while this AI does respect some of the ground rules that were put in place for it, it nevertheless finds ...
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Is there any job that can't be automated? [closed]

Assuming advancing AI and computing according to Moore's Law for the next two to three decades, are there any kinds of jobs that can't be automated? If not, why not? Please refer to specific ...
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What does a post-scarcity world need people for? [closed]

I am making this world (set in the near future) in which no one need to do intense work, what they do instead is sitting at homes that they never leave, waiting for food to be delivered to their sides ...
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What would the transition to a jobless society look like? [duplicate]

I'm thinking realistic, near-futurism. What would be the tipping point for a developed country to embrace a human-free workforce? I'm envisioning a nearly unemployed population. I say "nearly" because ...
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Society expectations to Work for your living

Many people set who they are and others by what jobs they do, how they make their living. As more and more jobs are being taken over by computers and robots there are 'fewer' jobs for others. Yet we ...
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Can I use my Earth changing invention to help out Santa?

Lets face it, my Earth changing invention is pretty awesome. It can change anything into anything, I've used it to build a business empire and I've got my own 'north pole'. While I haven't been able ...
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Psychology and sociology in my Earth Changing underwater community

I've built a device. It can change matter to energy and energy to matter with 100% efficiency. I've built myself a global presence, and populated the ranks of my employees with people such that I can ...
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Can I use my earth-changing invention to hide in orbit?

I've built a device, it's capable of turning matter to energy and energy to matter with perfect efficiency, I've got the resources to build a space station in secrecy, and I want to get off the planet ...
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If I reveal my Earth changing invention suddenly will the Energy, Material or Food sectors last longest?

I've got a device that can change matter to energy (or energy to matter. Or any combination!) with perfect efficiency and absolute clarity of design. So far I've used it to build a large, global ...
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My earth changing invention: How can I hire the people I need?

Ok then! I've got a machine that can transmute matter to energy, I've got a small-medium sized company that I can use to hide my activities, and I've got a terrible fear of anyone discovering my ...
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Concealing my earth-changing invention

Imagine it. I've invented the single greatest thing since Fire. A machine that can turn matter into energy and energy into matter with almost absolute efficiency. Sure, it violates a couple of the ...
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What kind of jewelry would be valuable in a world where anything can be produced?

A world I am working on has reached a sort of material production singularity. Recent innovations in space mining, artificial intelligence, teleportation, and 3D-printing have allowed for devices ...
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How would Economy change with the rise of a Utopian era?

Lets say that 10,000 years from now we've figured out how to harness massive energy, from stars for example, and have powerful software and machines which do all unwanted tasks. We've figured out how ...
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Implications of world where anything that can be made digital is free

First question here, have been lurking for a long time, I really enjoy reading your interpretations of the various situations. I was wondering what you believe would be the most realistic ...
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In a nanotech future, how does government pay for itself?

In a nanotech future, you have assemblers which can pull together atoms and make things. Anything that you have a pattern for, and the correct atoms, can be made. You could make the solar cells to ...
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What sort of punishment would replace fines in a post-scarcity society?

In the present day, petty crimes like speeding, trespassing, and jaywalking in a dangerous area are punished by fining the infractor some amount of money. This is usually a deterrent because being ...
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How to make basic-income society work?

I am a big fan of of 'post-scarcity' societies, where we could, in theory not worry about basic needs such as food and shelter anymore, and instead focus on pursuit of 'greater' things that are our ...
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Realistic Future Jobs for Men and Women

I'm trying to figure out realistic futuristic jobs for my characters. We're in a verge-of-singularity world, 15-25 years in the future. Convoluted neural networks and their even more awesome near-AGI ...
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What could restrain post-singularity societies from spreading across the Galaxy?

Imagine a world in which technology we would probably call "technological singularity" is possible and already happened on few places of the galaxy. By the singularity I do not mean that anything is ...
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Consequences of the shift to a post-scarcity society

I have a basic idea for a world that I am fleshing out. Basically a dystopian future based on minimal, if any, resource scarcity. This sort of society was addressed humorously in a Cracked After Hours ...