Re: Krugman looks back from 2096

Date: Sat Jul 15 2000 - 16:21:24 MDT

In a message dated 7/11/00 12:49:18 PM Central Daylight Time,

> I've defended Krugman as a good economist on this
> list. So in all fairness I should share this
> future speculation of his I just came across:

(Belatedly) adding my voice to the comments, it seems the numero uno mistake
Krugman makes is in assuming that practical "common sense" robotics will be
insoluble within the next 100 years. I think he's wrong -- from the
molecular level on up.

The numero two-o mistake Krugman makes is in assuming that resource prices
really will be squeezed up the way he describes. Materials and energy
science and engineering shows no sign of slowing down.

Once you throw out these two assumptions, I think the picture he painted of
2096 is badly wrong. of course, whether serious issues in these two areas
get solved in 2020 or 2060 or 2080 makes a big difference for how the 21st
century will turn out . . .

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