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  1. Avshalom Houri
    January 6, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Real robots may not only cause stronger inequity but even make the people that own the robots i.e. the rich people doubt why they need the poorer people at all…

    I think that the invention of real robot or real AI will be the most major event in the short human history.

  2. Bryan Sorrows
    January 12, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    I don’t know what will encourage sustainability in the economy – but that would have the chance of some reversal in the inequality trends. For example: less money going to the owner of the oil well, and more people being employed installing/maintaining dispersed technology for renewable energy sources. What I am getting at is that we may get to a point where human productivity is balanced by resource productivity. It wouldn’t fuel growth per se but the technologies would have a major impact on the economy. The problem is of course that somehow the cost of resources must rise considerably and I don’t know what will make that happen. A lot of 20 year olds are betting that sustainability be a major factor in our economy in the near future. Plenty of people in previous generations have thought the same thing and been wrong.

    • fjsalazar
      January 13, 2013 @ 4:49 am

      Hey, great to hear from you Bryan. I agree a lot of “growth” today is in fact extraction of resources and that the lion’s share goes to capital — the people that own the land the resources are in. I was amazed to see that Germany recently achieved 25% of its energy coming from renewable sources. I’m not sure what the role of capital will ultimately be there — it may be that the profit which today goes to owners of oil wells tomorrow goes to the owners of wind- or solar-farms. As you say, its an unknown how much labor, in the form of technicians, repair-persons, and system designers, will be needed. For my part when I get back to US I am going to get solar for my roof.