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Why would a landlord in a cyberpunk dystopia deal with a 'SINless' person?

The landlord can safely exploit the "SINless" This happens far too often with illegal immigrants in many countries. The landlord can rent out cramped accommodation with substandard heating /...
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What would be the cost of living in a country where only millionaires and billionaires are allowed to live?

. . . YEN! Such a country already exists my friend. One of the most populous and powerful countries on the planet. May I introduce the Mysterious Island Nation of Japan (Nippon) Average monthly rent ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

Trivial Loophole Say, People can't inherit property or money to their family. Once a person dies and all his dependents are above 18 years all his assets go to the government which gets re-...
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What would be the cost of living in a country where only millionaires and billionaires are allowed to live?

If only millionaires are allowed to live there, then either they heat their own microwave dinner, or the cooks have a hell of a commute. That would be thinkable for a place like Monaco, if it wanted ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

You would need some sort of mechanism to stem greed. People taking more than their share. In the situation you are talking about, all energy would likely come from the sun; or indirectly from the sun ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Here's a fairly simple illustrative example of why using numbers to express a uniform measure of value (money) is just so amazingly useful that we're not going to give it up.... Imagine you're going ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

There are two possibilities, really: A post-scarcity economy Goods are produced by automated factories, by robots clever enough to require little supervision but not smart enough to demand civil ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

The eternal problem of communism is that "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" doesn't work unless: The concept of needs is severely curtailed in order to ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

These societies exist, but scaling them beyond Dunbar's Number is difficult. Within a small group, social bonds are sufficient to have everyone contribute in some way, and groups will expel members ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

This is massively easy to corrupt. There are several major assumptions in this setup, but the primary issue is assuming that the government isn't corrupt. How do you define "redistributed"? ...
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How can I make money work across separate planets?

I'm going to go against the grain and suggest that not only is it impractical, but it's actually a bad idea to have a common currency across a single planet, let alone a single solar system. ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Many things in today’s world are not expensive because they are hard to manufacture. Take houses: Here in Austria a significant part of the cost in buying a house is the price of land. A house in the ...
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What would be the cost of living in a country where only millionaires and billionaires are allowed to live?

Nowadays it is common that if you wish to immigrate to a country, you need to either have a job offer or, in lieu of that, a proof of funds so that you can support yourself for at least one year on ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

It increases corruption The only outcome that method has, is that people will sign all their possessions over to any next of kin while they are still alive so that they can inherit the goods. If such ...
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Setting Relative Coinage Values

There is nothing wrong with these denominations. If your culture uses duodecimal math, go with it. However, if you want this system to be stable over a long period of time, you need to think about ...
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Why would a landlord in a cyberpunk dystopia deal with a 'SINless' person?

They claim to have a SIN. Megacorps in corrupt cyberpunk dystopias won't necessarily share all information with each other. The person could claim to have a SIN as a corporate indentured worker for ...
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Would honey work as money?

It can be compared to alcohol, another edible good that at times was used as currency Vodka was used as a currency in Russia when other currencies were not stable. In modern Australia there are ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

The Queen was in a mood again. Drone 751-b-5 could feel the slow-down pheromones on his feelers. While b-5 knew perfectly well that the food supply was perilously low, he couldn't stop from slacking ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

No Please note that I came within an inch of voting to close this question as opinion-based. I'm only answering it because your specific question, "would everyone accept to work for free?" ...
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Would a solar flare that wipes out all of the worlds financial data cause hyperinflation or hyperdeflation of the remaining physical currency?

As a general rule, scarcity increases value. Given that 8% of the world's currency (the portion that was actually in physical form, be it aluminum coins that look and feel more like bus tokens or ...
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Why would a landlord in a cyberpunk dystopia deal with a 'SINless' person?

The landlord does not just own a handful of rooms. They are a big corporation managing thousands of them. Which means they are dependent on their computer system to keep track of their assets. The ...
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How to make money from free electricity (and not draw attention)?

Frame challenge The devices produce only a few Watts each. Suppose your protagonist runs these devices continuously and they have no downtime, and he can get the market rate for the electricity as ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

It will affect corruption (but not by much) by making some aspects of it unnecessary. Why cheat when you could simply gift your assets to your children while you are still alive, and preserve your ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

It will increase corruption because the thing you suggest is, itself, corruption. You are proposing a scheme that presupposes that the government owns the citizens and all of their property and assets....
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

Corruption? Or inequality? What I think of when I hear "corruption" is someone not doing their duty for some consideration, or doing their duty only for non-lawful consideration. Say a cop ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Because, unless there are no human people left there are going to be goods and/or services that fall outside the realms of machine preparation and delivery and people are going to have to find an ...
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Why would a landlord in a cyberpunk dystopia deal with a 'SINless' person?

Illegal Subletting Rather than the landlord being a sketchy person as the other answers suggest, they are just a 'normal' person who has got an unused asset they want to exploit for some additional ...
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Will disallowing inheritance reduce corruption?

How to work out the loopholes Lot of good points so far about loopholes, but let's assume your society has figured out how to work out the loopholes. The best way to eliminate the loop holes is to ...
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Setting Relative Coinage Values

You may want more precision You may want another coin or two. Whether its 1/12 a paulum or 12 aureus or one of each is open for debate and subject to how these coins are anchored to real value. I'm ...
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What would be the cost of living in a country where only millionaires and billionaires are allowed to live?

To put things slightly differently, you may have a country where the citizens are required to be super rich compared to the rest of the world's population... but they'll still need servants, lackeys, ...
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