Capitalism and socialism have been the primary economic theories that nations have modeled themselves after in the modern era. Throughout history, other economic models have also been used. Feudalism and various forms of command economies have defined much of the human experience. Trade and barter systems were used by the most primitive societies. However, continued exploration of space and the development of new machines might lead to the rise of societal technocapitalism.
New technologies are constantly being developed. Intellectual property has actually become one of the most valuable items for investors to own. While many people comment on the lack of solid educational opportunities, the fact remains that more people are educated in math and science than ever have been before in history. People are able to instantly access information on virtually any subject. It only makes sense that the economy will grow to eventually make information the most traded good available.
Information isn’t tangible, but it is rapidly becoming more valuable than anything else. Invention patents are almost as valuable as the invention themselves. Rapid creativity might very well create a sort of singularity where humanity’s collective ideas drive a new society into force. This society will give rise to the growth of many new technologies that people currently couldn’t even imagine.
Mainstream media outlets have often focused on things like nanotechnology and biotechnology. These would certainly be important in a society built around these ideals. However, conventional software development would be every bit as important.
Additional Learning Resources:
December 10, 1993 www.amazon.com Watch the full lecture: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com The Boeing Company is a major aerospace and defense corporation, founded by William E. Boeing in Seattle, Washington.
Some relections on the issue of techno-capitalism and post-human futures. This is a first fragment highlighting Moishe Postone’s commentaries on the late writings of Marx.
The Critique of Science: Von Braun and the Ethics of Techno-Capitalism. March 5, 2012. By Peter Eramian. Like an empty vessel, an abstract practice floats aimlessly in suspense of its navigator.
“Alf Hornborg, professor in the department of Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden has long been untangling the tightly fused networks that merge the material dimensions of the environment with the cultural processes of society.
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