Star Trek Economics: Life After the Dismal Science


Bloomberg has the article Star Trek Economics: Life After the Dismal Science.

In other words, the rise of new technology means that all the economic questions will change. Instead of a world defined by scarcity, we will live in a world defined by self-expression. We will be able to decide the kind of people that we want to be, and the kind of lives we want to live, instead of having the world decide for us. The Star Trek utopia will free us from the fetters of the dismal science.

I have a thought experiment that I like to pose to people, and that is to imagine the day when everything we need can be produced without any human workers. How will wealth be distributed then?

Little did I realize that Star Trek provided the answers. Maybe if I had watched Star Trek after the original series had finished, I would have seen what this author describes.

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