true abundance?

From: denis bider (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 08:08:27 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:

> The sooner we get the technologies of true abundance,
> the sooner these atrocities will be a thing of the past,
> and the less incentive there'll be for sticking weapons
> into other people's faces. Bring on the Spike!

I was interested to read this paragraph. What is it that you mean with
'technologies of true abundance'?

Personally, I speculated a lot about what would happen if we were to develop
technology that would satisfy, for free, everyone's basic needs. The problem
is that 'basic needs' are difficult to define, and I fear that the range of
'basic' needs would grow once some initial 'basic needs' are satisfied.

Nevertheless, I think technology could at minimum be provided to satisfy,
universally, the need for:
  - comfortable shelter
  - good, heterogenous food
  - freedom of communication
  - unrestricted access to information
  - if possible, even complete freedom of movement

Maybe there's more, but I think this would do it very well. I would like to
see what happens if everyone, with no work required and no compensation
expected, could be granted all of the above benefits, by means of some
self-maintaining technology. I speculate the world would be a better place.

Is satisfying the above needs in a universal manner what you meant with
'technologies of true abundance'? I have yet to find anyone who would be
willing to invest effort into bringing such technologies to life...



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