Re: Abolition of Work (was Re: Extropian Party Platform)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 17:48:46 -0500

There was a time when everyone on the planet was a farmer. Now, in America, it's one in fifty. In a sense, food has ceased to be a problem for the vast majority of the population; now it's TV sets. Maybe someday work itself will go the way of everyone being a farmer, amputations without anesthetic... The economy will just run itself.

"The Nirvana of ecommerce is a software agent buying a digital product
and paying for it with cybercash" - to paraphrase Quidnunc. I can easily see the day most of the economy runs without human intervention.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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