Externalities and obfuscation

Externalities Are the Reason for Obfuscation

Some truth in this series of articles, and the whole series is in essence an obfuscation of a much deeper and more serious issue.

I am all for liberty, and individual security, and reality is that both of those things must exist in a set of contexts that include social relationships, ecosystem relationships, technologies, and the rest of the physical world.

Without doubt. markets were a great tool in an age of genuine scarcity.

However, we now live in an age of exponential technological progress, where automated systems have the ability to remove any scarcity (within reasonable limits).

Markets require scarcity to function, so now markets are actively working againstthe interests of most people.
We need to rethink the systems.

It seems clear to me that we have the technical capacity to empower all individuals to self actualise in whatever manner they reasonably choose.
It is our current use of scarcity based market thinking that is now the greatest threat to the prosperity and wellbeing of the majority of people.

It seems entirely possible to use distributed trust networks to bring stability to universal cooperation, and to have automated systems do all the “grunt work” traditionally handled by slaves or peasants or “workers”, leaving every individual free to pursue whatever interest they reasonably and responsibly choose.

How we transition from our current system to the new one is open to many possible paths, and we need to choose some subset of that infinity soon.

We need to be able to demonstrate by our actions in reality that we really do value individual life and individual liberty, if we want a reasonable probability of surviving the emergence of AGI in the not too distant future.

The age of markets is at an end.

The age of abundance approaches.

We can make that an abundance of peace and security and freedom, and that will require distributed systems that support trust, and make the probability of detection of cheating strategies very close to unity (making the risk of any level of cheating simply not worth the risk).

If you folks really do value liberty, then you need to take this seriously.

The benefits are huge, and it does require some changes in strategy.

In one sense, our entire society is an obfuscation – a web of lies and half truths designed to perpetuate profit at any cost. That simply cannot continue in an age of automation.

Think about it.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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