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Daniel Marques

Biomedical Scientist,

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What kind of future sate (after capitalism or next 200-500 years) would you like to see happen?

The current capitalist/democratic state is perhaps dominant at the moment. Capitalism seems to be adopted almost everywhere. But what will come next? The absolute rulers/monarchy system with slaves had been (mostly) replaced with feudalism which has been followed by capitalism. So what would you like to see next? A fairer, more egalitarian state? What technology are we likely to rely on (space-based solar energy? (SBSP)), how will states be run, will hunger/poverty be improved/solved? Will the state be pushing for more scientists and engineers than bankers (perhaps better incentives)?

I like to imagine a cleaner society. SBSP will be dominant, providing energy everywhere. The state is trusted by all as it is run by all in a more democratic way (made easier with improved communication tech). Corruption is difficult as as peoples values no longer depend on how much they can get, but on how can the human race improve and develop. More people are happier because they are better educated and understand the world in which they live. They want to improve technology, produce new art-forms, reach new planets and travel further into space. What do others think should happen? And What should we do today to work towards it?


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    Aug 23 2011: As far as technology, I expect it to evolve into something drastically more sustainable. The purpose of technology today is to make everything easy. That does not give us a very good chance to survive 500 years.

    As far as politics, I think that democracy and capitalism work very well on a small scale of say, one million humans at a time. Otherwise the gaps between rich and poor become very very wide which creates perpetual poverty and eliminates the opportunities of minorities... just like today.

    All these "tribes" of one million people could have an urban centre and a rural expanse, and thus be completely autonomous. Of course, new hubs of this network of one-millions would pop up often until some kind of catastrophe or pandemic neutralizes a few hubs. Each hub would be geographically and virtually connected to the other hubs and the network of these hubs would be directed in a very broad dictatorship style. The world's resources would be better distributed by the computations of a machine than the judgement of a human. Capitalism encapsulated in feudalism, essentially. Democratic particles in a communist atom.

    On the social side, it is much easier to eliminate corruption in a small business environment than a corporate setting. Also it is easier to educate and allocate people within a working system if there are fewer of them. (For example, a small classroom is better than a big classroom.) I think that there is a higher probability of people being educated and jovial if they are able to develop and connect with each other in a smaller, structured populace than in a vast societal abyss.

    So in short, we would all be individualistic-peasant-entrepreneurs within self-governed tribes, in-turn governed by a machine that keeps humanity's input/output balanced regarding our resources. Technology would serve science, not survival which would make it much less destructive to the planet's ecosystems.

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