I love hat guy. He’s right of course. Will it fly though? I don’t know if it’s possible in 2015. We’d need a well maintained socialist economy for this to happen or at least a very kind oligarchy. Since the USA is technically an oligarchy now, it’s _possible_ perhaps…
..except for the supply chain.
From farm to table, from engineer to latest pocket electronic device and all of the networks inbetween, how will we be provided for?
Our lifestyles make implementation difficult for this type of system.
We’d have to revolutionize … everything. The whole thing.
But do I feel one has to justify their existence with “earning a living”? No, I don’t believe that we do.
But it’s hard. What’s the first question people ask in America:
“So, what do you do for a living?”
Your answer casts “who you are perceived to be” in stone.
Not every country has that as a part of their culture. In some countries it’s very rude to inquire how someone makes their money.
In the USA, it’s embedded. Hard to extract.
Not impossible for such a dream but it won’t be easy
I’m hopeful. I’m aware of that direction and I _really_ hope that automation/technology will be able to replace the tasks that can be automated to allow us a kind of “Roman Holiday” that never ends…. but without the misfortune of others.
We already have some of that now – a foretaste.
It’s my secret hope. I’ve been a fan of the notion ever since watching Star Trek as a kid and seeing that as a possibility. SO MUCH has to come into place first though. So much. Not impossible though.
In a society like that it’s very likely I would be one who would happily be repairing the machinery that couldn’t repair itself.
I’d take upon my self the task of making sure everything runs smoothly and equitably for everybody and I would thoroughly enjoy that role just for the pleasure of it.
So these ideas aren’t novel to me; I know my role and what I would do in such a future society. I’ve been doing it here and now. That’s why I know it’s possible but I also know that the work required by people of my role would be tremendous, but not insurmountable.