6 bookmarks for 2023-07-03


Fighting Efficiency


... we are heading to the world where 10% of population would be able to produce all the goods needed.

... How is the 90% going to make their living?

They are not. If nothing changes they are going to die of hunger. And even worse, once that happens there will be only 10% of the population left, so the market shrinks to one tenth of its original size. At that point only only one tenth of the survivors — 1% of the orginal population — will be needed to produce all the goods. Thus, 9% will be left with no work to do and will also die of hunger. Now, of course, the demand plummets to 1% of what it used to be in the past and, given the improved efficiency, only 0.1% is needed to satisfy it. 0.9% is left with no work, is starved to death etc. Vicious circle perpetuates until the last human being dies of hunger.

All in all, there are three possible solutions:

  1. Decrease efficiency

  2. Work less

  3. Consume more

I think the initial problem is wrong. We still need at least some millions of people to sustain the world. We can't go to one person in the limit who will manage a farm, a factory and an internet server all by themselves.

The author says the proposed three solution won't solve the problem long term. Yeah, they won't. They aren't solving it now. Says a universal basic income might help, but says it's a topic for another day.

See also /408


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The subjective experiencer definitely knows something that the observer doesn’t, but there are probably things that the observer can understand that they can’t and they might not be able to ever grasp it.


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