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Our future of abundance—and joblessness - Yourstory.in

Our future of abundance—and joblessness - Yourstory.in | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Technology advances are making amazing things possible: we finally have a chance to solve the problems that have long plagued humanity such as hunger, disease, energy, and education.
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JoatU launches $25,000 crowdfunding campaign

JoatU launches $25,000 crowdfunding campaign | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

JoatU is a transitional application that allows us to smoothly transition into a post-capitalist, heavily (and happily) unemployed world.  There may be fewer jobs, but that isn’t to say there isn’t work.  We are trading financial capital for social capital (Jeremy Rifkin) and JoatU allows us to begin measuring and rewarding the people who work hardest for our communities.  No longer is a good deed just its own reward.  You get a reward on top of that!  And if you don’t think you ought to receive such a reward?  Pass it along to someone else as a gift!

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The Technium: Better Than Free

The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age, these copies are not just cheap, they are free.

 

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How to Create Abundant Cities

How to Create Abundant Cities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Is it enough for our lives, our economy, our cities to become “sustainable”? If being sustainable means no more than being able to maintain the status quo of strife and never having enough, of contests over who gets the most of the scarce resources available, then aiming for sustainability is not enough. We should instead aim for abundance.

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More money than Thor - The Economist

More money than Thor - The Economist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

NORWEGIANS are different from you and me: they have more money. Norway’s general election on September 9th sounded many of the familia themes of elections everywhere. Erna Solberg, a Conservative, beat Jens Stoltenberg, the Labour prime minister, partly by offering a new face and lower taxes. But as Ms Solberg begins to run the country she will be confronted by a very different problem from most of her fellow world leaders: not how to make ends meet but how to manage abundance.

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Community and abundance

Community and abundance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
To gain ground against scarcity, build abundance and therefore continuously enlarge the material base of personal decision-space is the objective of the economic activity of an egalitarian community that works.
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The Next Technology Revolution Will Drive Abundance And Income Disparity

The Next Technology Revolution Will Drive Abundance And Income Disparity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There have been and will continue to be multiple big technology revolutions, but the most impactful on human society may be the one that finally builds systems with judgment and decision-making capability more sophisticated and nuanced than trained human judgment. Machine learning, sometimes called big data or artificial intelligence, is making rapid progress in complex decision-making (for instance: driving a car was thought to be too difficult for computers even five years ago). Without speculating on what is probable, it is at least possible that such systems may even be better at creativity, emotion and empathy than human beings (for instance: writing the best music, love story or creative fiction). At the very least these systems may be able to handle much more data to which we now have access and use it to make better judgments than humans with their supposed instinct, gut, holistic and integrative decision capability. Although any one software program may not do everything a human brain can do, specialized programs will likely make decisions and predictions in their domain better than most trained humans. Many, if not most, domains will be well covered by such programs. Many problems in our work environments aren’t ones the human brain evolved to solve for in the African savannah. To achieve these goals, a machine learning system does not need to exactly replicate the brain or even use brain like techniques.

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The 10 Principles of Abundance Thinking, As Recommended by Chris Anderson

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Dorothy Hustead was a Nebraska native with a novel idea. In 1931, Dorothy and her husband Ted moved to Wall, South Dakota, and bought the only drugstore in town with $3,000 Ted inherited from his father. 326 people lived in Wall. According to Ted, it was in “the middle of nowhere.”



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Click here to support The "Enough. For All, Forever" Campaign by Bakari A. Pace

Click here to support The "Enough. For All, Forever" Campaign by Bakari A. Pace | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Enough. For All, Forever describes an unusual circumstance in our global drama. It recognizes two rapidly emerging global phenomenons: the increasing access to everything worldwide dubbed the birth of the "Post-Scarcity Society" and the urgency to curb the worldwide clamities of climate change, disease, and poverty caused by the increasing access to everything by employing the methods of Sustainable Development.

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The Economics of Star Trek — Editor's Picks — Medium

The Economics of Star Trek — Editor's Picks — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’ve been reading a lot about robots lately. When I read about robots, and the future, I can’t help but think about it in economic terms. And that inevitably turns my mind to the branch of economics called post scarcity economics. Traditional economics, of course, deals with the efficient allocation of inherently scarce materials. Post scarcity economics deals with the economics of economies that are no longer constrained by scarcity of materials — food, energy, shelter, etc.

 
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Why Abundance is Good: A Reply to Nick Carr | Britannica Blog

I think Carr’s premises are correct:  the mechanisms of media affect the nature of thought. The web presents us with unprecedented abundance. This can lead to interrupt-driven info-snacking, which robs people of the ability to find time to think about just one thing persistently. I also think that these changes are significant enough to motivate us to do something about it. I disagree, however, about what it is we should actually be doing.

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