RE: my take on a nanotech-gift economy...

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2000 - 03:58:26 MST

At 02:06 PM 19/01/00 +1000, Alejandro Dubrovsky wrote:

>Yes, but what percentage of the services industry lives on the fact that
>people have no access to free manufactured goods?

>Yes, but even if it is minuscule, it is enough for lots of people.
>Transporting this to the nanotech scenario, how many people would drop out
>of the trade system because the open source designs are enough to live on
>and don't care (or learn not to care) about the rest.


I have a tormented feeling that my ignorance of formal economics is
precisely why I can't see what's wrong with this fundamental perspectival
shift from the way things are done now and the numerous kinds and
hierarchies of jobs that will just evaporate. Still...


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