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Kurzweil: The market will solve scarcity and hierarchy April 20, 2011

Posted by Summerspeaker in Technology, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
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The fact I can afford a cell phone apparently negates any complaints against the manifest inequality of the present economic system. Kurzweil talks about abundance but doesn’t engage with the concept in any meaningful away. Abundance isn’t trickle-down technology for consumers. Ey also makes a joke about the U.S. military beating up the Amish as analogy for war between the enhanced and unenhanced. Keep it classy, Kurzweil.

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1. Lori - April 21, 2011

It’s called a leap of faith. I have trouble believing that the market economy is on a trajectory leading to its own obsolescence. I view the market as a human-invented institution rather than as a force of nature, so I expect it to behave like an institution, characterized by things like the iron law of oligarchy and an overall strategy of self-perpetuation.

Maybe I’m commiting an act of bad netiquette by commenting on the posts without checking out the article to which it links, but the ‘fact I can afford a cell phone’ talking point has become so shopworn I feel somewhat entitled to a frazzled ‘been there done that’ ennui.

Going by what I’ve heard by and about Ray Kurzweil, it sounds like he’s selling entrepreneury markety happytalk to the left. This sort of effort has been quite trendy for the last decade or so, what with ‘social entrepreneurship,’ ‘aikido activism‘ (M$ .DOC) and the like. Probably based on my own biases as one of capitalism’s rejects, I read the tone of these messages as ‘business is better qualified than activism to achieve activist goals.’ I am not capable of believing that the idea (ideology, really) that ‘business know-how’ is uniquely qualified for problem-solving in general, will in any way manage to obsolete itself.

Summerspeaker - April 21, 2011

Yes, exactly. Your analysis strikes dead-on.

2. Lori - April 21, 2011

I posted a link to a M$ Word file above because the tribe.net website was down. Thankfully it is back online. Several revisions to the aikido activism essay are there, along with a critique of mine from way back in 2005. Another comment on the aikido activism essay, by one Sojourner T., is especially well-written and deliciously loaded with angst.

3. AnonymousCoward - April 23, 2011

Here’s an interview of Ray [[http://www.kurzweilai.net/ask-ray-could-have-had-singularity-years-ago]] on a related note.


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