The increasing performance demands of electronics have sent researchers in search of better ways to harness the inherent ability of light particles to carry far more data than electrical signals can. Optical interconnects are seen as a solution to overcoming the communications bottleneck within and between computer chips.
All of this, and so much more is right at our fingertips. Get rid of the current economic system, and implement these technologies, and you will quickly establish a functional society that has no need for pointless jobs and meaningless labor. Where people can travel when and where they please, educate themselves about the world and people and cultures in it, pursue there dreams and all the while saving the planet through our vast technological knowledge.
in response to my: What Incentive would you need.
i’ll even throw in transport, clean water and top of the range everything (inferior products cant exist in a world without money)
You have essentially sided with me here, thank you. My plan for a world without money includes providing for the whole world in abundance (scarcity is created by money). All of your “Incentives” can be provided completely free of charge.
Also, by creating the systems that will give us everything for free, we can get rid of all the jobs everyone hates. The whole insurance industry becomes completely obsolete, farming and most labor-intensive jobs can be done by technology, robotics and machinery. And it’s not unemployment, it’s freedom to pursue personal dreams and ambition without having to stress over material possesions.
So what would you DO with YOUR life if you were FREE to PURSUE your DREAMS?
I have been asking people for years what they would do in a world without money, and although this has almost always led to healthy (if sometimes heated) debate, the most recurring answer, is: i wont work because of a lack of incentive. Almost everyone responds with, what is my incentive for working?
For me, and many others like me out there, the incentive is a free life where I’m not bound by global misconceptions. My incentive is to live for the sake of life and not for material possessions that I will just pass on when I die.
This obviously does not apply to everyone, and to be fair, I do advocate an each to his/her own policy.
So the question is: If there was no money in the world, and it was not needed or worried about, what would you accept as incentive to work and contribute meaningfully to society?
All you have to do is like us on Facebook, and if you want, you can read some posts, we wont bother you with updates until it’s time to change the world. ;)
This New Zealand based initiative, like The Venus Project is working toward the building of sustainable cities. The project has the support of the New Zealand government.
I am a proud South African. Unfortunately, this statement is selective. I am proud to be South African when my country shines on the sports field, and I am not proud when my country stands idly by and watches President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe murder an entire country, rape it’s economy and destroy it’s foreign relations. I am proudly South African when my country stands up out of the ashes of apartheid to show the world what peace and love really means, and I am ashamed when those who have stood now start fires of corruption, setting South Africa on a similar path to that of its Zimbabwean neighbour.
Some might argue that this is the epitome of a patriot. Someone who wants nothing but the best for and from their country. And if this were the true definition of patriotism, then I would gladly call myself a patriot. But it is not. In these modern times, patriotism has become a system of division. We drew lines on maps, copied them into the real world where we could now patrol these borders to protect the people on this side of the line from everyone on the other side of the line.
Picture a fenced yard, filled with children. We draw lines on the ground, an then tell some of the children that they can cross their lines and go anywhere they want, but other children must be stuck where they are. Each area is special in its own way. Has it’s own creatures, it’s own toys and it’s own rules. Some children want the toys in someone else’s area, and will cross the line to get it. If the other child protests, there will be a fight, a fight that the other children stand around watching because they are not allowed to leave their area. Eventually some person in charge will show up and ask what’s going on. The child who crossed the line might own up to what they did, but he probably likes the toy he came for, so he claims that it was his and he just came over to fetch it. The rest of the children know that the Authority figure will not be around forever, and so are reluctant to accuse the bully, fearing later reprisals. Having no-one willing to gainsay him, the bully now begins his slow domination of the entire yard. Another child decides that he doesn’t like the rules in his neighbour’s area, so he decides to go over there and to take his rules, and everyone else who follows the same rules, with him. Power struggles will eventually break out, with some of the children forming alliances and eventually, with safety existing in numbers, several factions form throughout the yard. Some of the children build walls on their lines, to keep their neighbours out. Others form powerful groups, who move freely within the group area, but protect their outer lines. Raids begin, lies are told, individuals are hurt, spying, mudslinging, tyranny, genocide, untill there are only a few children left, and the yard is unrecognizable. The rules have all been twisted and warped along with the children. All the fascinating creatures are gone. All the toys are broken. The remaining children have grown bitter, distrusting, vengeful and desperate. What could have been a wonderful yard, has become a living hell. All because of a few lines. Funny that.
I approve of cultural awareness. Knowing your roots can be vital to many people. And the rich cultural heritage that is the quilt of humanity is a wonder to behold. But nationalism has crossed the line between cultural conservation and cultural erosion.
Religious beliefs have supported entire millions of needful people for thousands of years, given aid to their own wherever they were needed. But the promised land-syndrome has now cost enough lives to populate another planet, and I cannot believe that that is what the religious system’s purpose is.
Competitive spirit is healthy, it encourages growth. But growth, when it is not spread and shared, creates divides even greater than the lines we have already drawn.
I do not mind the labeling of an area on a map. It is both useful, practical. But they should stay on paper, before we’re left with nothing but a broken down yard filled with desperate children.