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Trekonomics

Summary Trekonomics Manu Saadia ´ 8 Read Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Manu Saadia Erybody had everything they wanted or needed Trekonomics the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backwards through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist Delving deep i. Long time fans of Asimov Star Trek and related s f will appreciate this rumination on Roddenberry s utopia How improbable is the Trek scenario Well we have communicators and talking computers now don t we So why not a society that has eliminated war poverty and other problems and where work is optional because replicators make anything and everything for free How do I vote for this agenda Shall we call it the Landing Party

Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Manu Saadia

Summary Trekonomics Manu Saadia ´ 8 Read Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Manu Saadia Manu Saadia has managed to show us one reason perhaps the most compelling one of all why we all need the world of Star Trek to one day become the world we live in Chris Black Writer and Co Executive Producer Star Trek Enterprise What would the world look like if ev. This is an excellent book but for a niche audience You need to have watched Star Trek I mean all of it And you need to be interested in economics Satisfy that and you ll have a fun time with this

Manu Saadia ´ 8 Read

Summary Trekonomics Manu Saadia ´ 8 Read Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Manu Saadia Nto the details and intricacies of 24th century society Trekonomics explores post scarcity and whether we as humans are euipped for it What are the prospects of automation and artificial intelligence Is there really no money in Star Trek Is Trekonomics at all possibl. As a lifelong Star Trek fan who has been reading economists Brad DeLong who provided the Introduction and Paul Krugman who provided technical commentary for years and years this was so well targeted at me it might as well have been a photon torpedo sorry I couldn t have been interested in an explanation of the economic logic of the post scarcity paradise depicted in the best televised science fiction franchise of all time While the commendably enthusiastic fandom is not matched by comparably rigorous economics freuently coming off like a mixture of enthusiastic episode recaps and rants about contemporary political issues among some brief discussion of how the TNG warp speed limit reflects intro level economic concepts like negative externalities this book is a lot of fun Overall Saadia provides as Krugman once wrote in his paper The Theory of Interstellar Trade about the proper method of calculating interest rates at near light speeds a serious analysis of a ridiculous subject which is of course the opposite of what is usual in economicsIf modern philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato then modern science fiction is a series of footnotes to Asimov Star Trek has never been shy about acknowledging its debt to the master but it was famously less rigorous about exploring how future society actually worked sometimes characters act like they ve never heard of money sometimes they treat it as a necessary evil sometimes they re as impeccably capitalist as you could ask for How does society work with an absence of currency Do other forms of statushierarchy become important without money What s the status of human labor How does copyright work when everyone s working for free Is the replicator all that s necessary to enable post scarcity Are there natural limits to economic growth How would one resolve collective action problems with truly alien species These are explored narratively in the episodes but I m not only curious if the Federation is truly in a stable euilibrium but about how humanity got to that point in the first place After all human beings in 2016 are vastly richer than our ancestors of 300 years ago Saadia discusses John Maynard Keynes excellent 1931 essay Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren which addresses many of these same issues yet we ve hardly eliminated many of the traits that are inconsistent with the Star Trek life How did that phase transition occurThat s a tall order and honestly I didn t expect the euivalent of the economic development history of the United Federation of Planets There are many uestions about how the Federation functions internally what about externally Saadia is at his best when he s comparing the Federation to its neighbors most interesting are the comparisons between the economies of the Federation and the Borg similar post scarcity economics vastly different social structures and the Federation and the Ferengi polar opposite economies gradually similar social structures It raises the uestion of why if the Federation s model is so great then all the other spacefaring species at roughly similar levels of development aren t following it Despite being peaceful the Federation is forced to go to war with other belligerent powers uite often and in the kind of winner take all total wars that define a civilization even small inefficiencies can doom an otherwise perfectly capable society We see the Federation win all kinds of battles against the Borg thanks to the power of the main characters but honestly it seems that if they really wanted to the Borg could just crush the Federation Is Trekonomics really a dominant strategy against antlike communism or do our heroes just have plot armor Similarly given the information aggregation superiority of the price system over the unpriced barter system of socialism what really prevents the Ferengi from bribing or buying people and resources out from under the FederationOne could go on in this vein Taking the economics of a TV show seriously is silly but if you re a fan of the show and even importantly the kind of future the show represents you can have a lot of great conversations about its treatment of utilitarianism artisanship distribution personal fulfillment and everything else that becomes possible when instead of chasing full employment you pursue full unemployment There s no shame in thinking about the kind of society you d like to live in and Star Trek presents the kind of hopeful vision of the future that will still prove powerfully attractive many years into the future Saadia doesn t answer every uestion but he presents a lot of fun debate material

  • Kindle Edition
  • 280
  • Trekonomics
  • Manu Saadia
  • English
  • 15 May 2017
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