Effortless Economy

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= a form of Post-Scarcity Economics

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Nathan W. Cravens:

"The social environment that will arise from highly adaptive intelligent automations are what is called a post-labor or effortless economy, a world devoid of labor and employment due to affordable mass duplication of dynamically reciprocal communication and control systems that continuously cease to perpetuate human financial value, industry by industry, market sector by sector. The outcome will consist of everyone out of a paying job, or if preferred, in perpetual retirement from any given field imaginable.

The theoretical basis of effortless economy and the continuously evolving productive automation foreseen to remain constant is called zero-point competition, an emergent behavior of business competition and consumer demand whereby the firm most prefers zero cost to produce goods for a consumer who prefers not to pay for them. Though the idea of free stuff may be as old as consciousness itself, the action based on this ideology is scarcely measured, which may seem somewhat surprising when it has for so long encouraged a substantial developmental drive, one that creates more intelligent mechanisms based on previous ones, which will later precipitate, simulate, and virtually assemble, effortlessly, any materials or constructs for zero financial cost.

Like labor, capital too has a shelf life. Once capital is no longer a scarce resource it will cease to be capital. It is the exemplar of zero-point competition in action. Before corporate functions achieve zero-point production and therefore consumption, there will be no reason for corporate functions to continue. All material needs and spacial boundaries will be rendered as needed in the same manner one uses a telephone for conversation. Examples of this trend are found in grocery store self-checkouts, the emergence of free and more reliable knowledge and open source software on the Internet, the decreasing income of the college educated, the sharp decline of industrial labor over the past half century, and the decline in management positions only second to industrial job loss between 2000-2003[12]—just to name a few glaring examples. At the post-capitalist stage, it is likely intelligent systems will take the place of government officials and legislation to distribute resources, continue to streamline productivity that sustain living environments, and foster further development to ensure future growth and freedoms." (http://www.effortlesseconomy.com/)