[ExI] Economics of SENS

samantha sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Jun 19 08:49:03 UTC 2008

Aleksei Riikonen wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Kaj Sotala <xuenay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> However, I don't think all that many people would actually choose to
>> retire: AFAIK, even most lottery winners who get millions tend to keep
>> working anyway, and many of the wealthier individuals who could, given
>> a few years, save enough money to live off interest nevertheless
>> continue working.
> You're limiting yourself to thinking only about relatively wealthy
> people who have jobs that they like, even though they are a small
> minority of humans in the world as it currently exists. For most jobs
> that the economy currently relies on, one cannot find people who would
> do them if they had a bit more choice in the matter.

Why the classist slant?  There are people all over the economic spectrum 
that like what they do for a living.
> On the other hand, I guess we *are* only talking about wealthy people
> when talking about (S)ENS. 

Says who?  It depends radically on the technology employed and the 
scaling what the cost will be.

> I mean, it makes no sense to provide ENS to
> someone who is still struggling with getting clean water and feeding
> their children. 
Orthogonal issue.  Keep the people health who are likely to solve the 
root of these problems if you want a solution that is global quickly.

- samantha

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