The scarcity model
Population growth, if it continued long enough, would lead to unavoidable scarcity. As pointed out by Thomas Robert Malthus, Paul R. Ehrlich, Albert Allen Bartlett, and others, exponential growth in human population has the capacity to overwhelm any finite supply of resources, even the entire known universe, in a remarkably short time. For example, if the human population continued to grow indefinitely at its 1994 rate, in 1,900 years the mass of the human population would equal the mass of Earth.
The post-scarcity model
In the long run, making programs free is a step toward the post-scarcity world, where nobody will have to work very hard just to make a living. People will be free to devote themselves to activities that are fun, such as programming, after spending the necessary ten hours a week on required tasks such as legislation, family counseling, robot repair and asteroid prospecting. There will be no need to be able to make a living from programming.
Con Blomberg's 1959 short story "Sales Talk" depicts a post-scarcity society in which society incentivizes consumption to reduce the burden of overproduction. To further reduce production, virtual reality is used to fulfill peoples' needs to create.
- A Whole New Mind
- Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
- Artificial scarcity
- Attention economy
- Cycle of poverty
- Commons-based peer production
- Imagination age
- Information society
- Knowledge economy
- Post-Scarcity Anarchism
- Technological utopianism
- Robert Chernomas. (1984). "Keynes on Post-Scarcity Society." In: Journal of Economic Issues, 18(4).
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- Muir, Patricia (2007-11-01). "Cornucopian versus New Malthusian perspectives". Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- GNU Manifesto (full text online, see also GNU Manifesto) - Stallman, Richard; Dr. Dobb's Journal, March 1985
- Blomberg, Con (December 1959). "Sales Talk". Galaxy. p. 48. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance
- The Economics of Abundance
- The Tragically Neglected Economics of Abundance
- Infinity Is Your Friend in Economics - contains links to a series of Techdirt articles on economics when scarcity is removed
- The Post-Scarcity / Culture of Abundance Reading List v2.2
- Post-Scarcity Princeton - Post Scarcity perambulations by Paul Fernhout
- Abundance is our future, TED talk by Peter Diamandis
- AdCiv Post-Scarcity Wiki