Re: It's lucky we have infinite energy and natural resources to build and power all of these robots
> Some rationing of certain resources may be required, though.
Tim might have looked into this: http://www.thevenusproject.com/
where a guy is looking into solving all of these problems.
His theory is that we work and have money because of scarcity. The key is to eliminate scarcity by the application of technology.
It's a nice idea and it could work. The problems as I see it are:
1) We don't currently have the technology to make this a reality. We do have enough stuff and energy to do these things, but we are very wasteful.
2) Politically it would be difficult to implement, i.e. progress to the final solution. It would have to be implemented across the entire globe. I'm sold but there're an awful lot of whack jobs around the world that think that a paradise here on earth would be a sin and therefore evil, not to mention the incumbants in power who would not like to see their empires crumble.
We do unfortunately see the reality of what happens when technology makes our lives easier: longer working hours, increased stress and the perception that "unemployment" is a problem, when in actual fact, "unemployment" is the solution and what we all ultimately desire.