➪ Trekonomics Author Manu Saadia – Writerscompany.co.uk

Trekonomics 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 Everybody 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 Into The Details And Intricacies Of 24th Century Society, Trekonomics Explores Post Scarcity And Whether We, As Humans, Are Equipped For It What Are The Prospects Of Automation And Artificial Intelligence Is There Really No Money In Star Trek Is Trekonomics At All Possible The author uses Star Trek Next Generation as an example of society without money people can work or not work as they wish because the replicator creates any and all things that people would want Through a lively discussion the author brings us to today well worth the journey The replicator is fiction however technolo Money is one of humanity s most clever and enduring technologies It is a brilliant way of transferring value across vast distances and decentralizing our economy Barter makes sense on a hyperlocal, neighbourly scale, but you can t run a vast industrial economy on it As Niall Ferguson chronicles in his excellent The Ascent of Money , increases in numismatic sophistication were vital in increasing the range of trade and our abilities to innovate and provide services to citizens So it seems a foregone conclusion that we are stuck with money, that we ll never be rid of it Yet Star Trek, particularly in its 24th century form, proposes to do just that, at least within the Federation Trekonomics is Manu Saadia s attempt to understand how or even whether this could work This is not a deep examination of the workings of the Federation s economy itself, so much as a meditation on how we might apply the ideas of trekonomics to our own policy making In so doing, Saadia follows in the footsteps of Trek itself, which is not about presenting viable predictions of the future of our species but telling stories about our species in the present.Saadia s timing could not be better Obviously, the book is coming out during the fiftieth anniversary year of Star Trek On a wider note, this book is quite pertinent to conversations happening around the world with regards to the economy and work As automation, in the form of algorithms As a long time Star Trek fan who has a bit of interest in economics, I thought this was an interesting read I wish that the author had spent a bit time developing how a society would actually get to the point of not using money for anything The part about the replicator making the cost of most goods drop to zero makes sense, but what about everything else There are only so many seats at fancy restaurants or music concerts, only so many penthouse apartments, etc These are things that we currently use money to allocate, and I didn t think the book did a good enough job fleshing out what the alternative would be Do people just voluntarily limit their demand for these things, or is there some sort of rationing system involved Money seems like a useful tool to use for trade in luxury goods even in a post scarcity economy, and the book didn t seem to put forw 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, frequently 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 economics.If 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 nev This is a rather hard book to review because I wanted so so much to love it The second I saw an internet article about the idea, I was on Inkshares to support throw money at the endeavor and asking my friends to do the same My partner and I ended up pre ordering two copies because we were worried that it wouldn t make its goal and be published Well, this book was not successful Perhaps the reason is that this book not only needed a good editor and perhaps something akin to a phd mentor advisor , but also perhaps the author was not the right person to write it Take, for example, this quote from the last chapter of the book, when discussing the Great voyages of discovery in the world s history Personally I find it very reassuring, even heartwarming, that great explorers and inventors should be so typically human They were strivers, small minded low rent busy bees I like that That means they were just like you and me, just a tiny bit crazier or luckier 216 Regardless of his thoughts on the kinds of Christopher Columbus, I think this is really indicative of just how he feels about Star Trek and the world it inhabits He dismisses space travel and other space ventures because they cost too must He disparages the character 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 socie I heard about this book via Scalzi s Big Idea feature, and it sounded awesome so I picked it up right away The author set out to write the book he wanted to read about the future economics of the world set up in Star Trek, and I think he succeeded well with an interesting and informative book that not only covers several aspects of economics and sociopolitical norms in Star Trek but also relates them back to our own real world He closes the book with some speculation as to how the seeds of Trekonomics already exist in our own world, and while I disagree with his final conclusion, it s still well put and interesting.Various chapters of the book deal with different aspects of Trekonomics, from how replicators symbolize the post scarcity economy of the Federation to how Ferengis exemplify not only a wealth consumer based society that yet could still change The topic of what is valuable when things no longer have real value is explored from many angles, and generally boils down to your reputation and your abilities as the answer In a post scarcity world, where you no longer need to toil to make rent and buy grocerie 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. Nice choice Mom Thank you for the recommendation Live long and prosper thus alludes to another kind of prosperity, the kind that arises from the cultivation of the mind rather than from greed, that antiquated and vulgar practice It is an active sentence Instead of long life and prosperity, it is a grammatical imperative directed at the recipient Long life and prosperity do not befall you out of the heavens, they are not random outcomes from the lotteries of birth or of life You must live long, and that is the condition It does not mean that you will prosper the and is not a logical conjunction You may or may not succeed Further, the phrase points to the unfinished nature of the imperative Spock s father, Ambassador Sarek, who has arguably lived very long and prospered beyond many of his Vulcan peers, is still served the greeting The work and the challenge to go on living and to prosper are never concluded p 241 free riding on public goods is much of a threat to our continued welfare than the physical scarcity of raw materials Public goods are always at risk of exhaustion because of their nonexcludable, nonrival nature It would seem that in the absence of some form of regulation or contract, or any oth


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