Re: A Challenge To All Extropians/Free Martketeers

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin (
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 15:24:12 +0000

> From: Paul Hughes <>

> Over the last several years I have become a big advocate for
> free-markets. However, there has been some nagging questions that I
> have yet to answer without resorting to some form of socialism in order
> to solve. Can any free-market advocate answer any and/or all of the
> following questions:
> 1) Is there a single field which is intrinsically safe from automation
> in the course of the next 20-30 years? If you can think of more fields,
> please elaborate.

(A) Creativity will require human effort for the foreseeable future.
So will a lot of diagnosis and repair work.

(B) Many fields have proven not to be "safe from automation" and as a
result employ many *more* people than they did formerly.

(C) Who cares? If all our needs can be satisfied without anyone
having to work, is this a problem?

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