Over the last eight years have published a lot of posts dealing with a wide variety of topics on this site. Now the time has arrived the consolidate those into a book that puts forward my view of a better society for all.
Automation and robots are coming to the barber shop!
Hair washing robots already seem to be quite mature:
Automation is also coming to the world of construction:
Garment manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the world – not many people want to be naked all the time. However, this industry is plagued by abuse of workers in so-call low wage countries. Continue reading Garment Industry Automation
The second of the four goals formulated by Gerard K. O’Neill is to find (or rather create) an optimal living climate for all of humanity. Not surprisingly he spends a large portion of his book on orbital space settlements, discussing the internal design of space habitats in order to promote public well-being. Continue reading Public Green & Society
One of the negative externalities of the space age, is the debris resulting from abandoned satellites. Currently there about 128 million pieces of old spacecrafts floating around, pieces that are up to 10 cm in size. Though this does not seem threatening, the kinetic energy of these parts is so high, they can destroy operational satellites. Continue reading Fees against junk?
It has been quite some time since I read Henry George’s master piece. However, this post provides a good core of HG’s theory.
Henry George was an American political economist and journalist. His most famous work, Progress and Poverty (1879), sold millions of copies worldwide, probably more than any other American book before that time.
The book is a treatise on the questions of why poverty accompanies economic and technological progress and why economies exhibit a tendency toward cyclical boom and bust.
I want to stress that this was one of the most important books ever written. Only the Bible sold more copies than George!
I want to share my favorite parts. See if you notice how similar the problems of past are to the problems to today.
Introductory – The Problem
At the beginning of this marvelous era it was natural to expect, and it was expected, that labor-saving inventions would lighten the toil and improve the condition of the laborer; that the enormous increase in the power of producing wealth would…
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