Star Trek is one of the few science fiction universes that grapple with the idea that money may someday become obsolete. It’s a world where people are no longer interested in the accumulation of things. In this world, the way to cultivate status is by talent and intellect; for the betterment of ourselves and humanity.
The last point is crucial, because today we may say to have the same intent but we all know its lip service. In the long-term, with the rise of artificial intelligence, alternative economic models may open the path to a Star Trek economy where the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives.
It is the economics of this utopian future that Manu Saadia explores in his book Trekonomics, and which we discuss on this episode of the podcast:
- Are we headed to a Star Trek future?
- How can we set ourselves on a path to a Star Trek economy?
- What needs to be true for our society to reach a Star Trek future where the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives?
- Is the choice technological or political?
Below is the audio of our discussion, listen and let us know what you think on Twitter @jorgebarba and @adrianpedrin.
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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.