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What does your utopian future look like?

Is your utopia a capitalist or socialist economy? Doyou allow freedom? Is the world you know embrace technology but still in touch with culture and tradition and religion? Are yoir people left brained robots, right brained artist, or both.? Do you have a world federation or an earth confederacy? What is your world like by the year 2150?

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    • Jun 16 2013: It all begs many questions...

      Do you mean we need to abolish thermodynamics?
      What would you do with people suited for non-creative work?
      How do you practice/excercise something online that is actually physical?
      How do you deal with people that are less social?
      How do you ensure that the computers don't make a mistake? Or their programmers? What about malicious modifications? (Hey, let's go full Asimov here. Good luck!)
      How do you draw a line between mental illness and healthy, but unusual, minds?
      Not being able to cross long distances would reduce physical sociability, is it really what anyone wants? How doesn't it conflict with "more sociability"?

      This whole idea sounds like going against freedom and diversity, like many utopias.
      Each of those questions warrants a TED talk, probably been done a few times as well.

      If cornucopia is what you're after, why not go into space, where there's lots of various materials for most purposes imaginable and not?
      Yes, I know, we lack good enough propulsion (to get there in reasonable timeframe) and cryonics or worldships. (to not get mad from the wait)
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        • Jun 16 2013: You will be limited on raw materials, even if you go to fusion for an energy solution. (And there's nothing better thought up yet. Maybe there's something better, but we don't know it.) No, solar is not good enough for current numbers of people on one planet..

          People are not machines, yes, but nobody is either perfect or equal. Some people do one thing better, others do another. Cooperation is actually very much required - and for that, free flow of information combined with ease of access.
          Currently vast amounts are still hard.

          Successful is one, but what about well-being? We don't even know really how that works...

          You don't practice from an online video. You need to actually do the thing that's explained, which makes e.g. practicing housebuilding quite hard. Or for example practicing, say, surgery without a phantom. Yes, you could argue that in a perfect world of nanotechnology you could dream up anything and download a physical object to practice on. Still needs resources.

          Assuming that utopia is perfect because it's an utopia is a tautology. I prefer realistic solutions.

          No, I don't have anything else in mind. Any idea will have flaws and drawbacks, therefore there's no ultimate utopia. I haven't figured one complex enough for me to not poke flaws in it.

          It would definitely have to involve:
          a) enough resources by both technological means and distribution through space
          b) enough communication to keep cohesion (hard! speed of light is a problem)
          c) ability to make anything just given enough energy

          Even mine is flawed by the old conundrum of whether really making anything is good and will not cause large scale harm by some misguided effort of someone.

          Ehh, why is the conversation time limited? I'd love no time llimits.

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