Citation (APA): Caplan, R. H. B. (2014). Virtual Cornucopia [Kindle Android version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com
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How Is Our Era Unique? By Robin Hanson
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We are entering an era where most anyone can quickly talk to most anyone else who can talk.
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ILARCHIO DELLA NOSTRA ERA: LA COMUNIC
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The next few centuries will contain the easiest talking era in all of history.
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I also suspect our era is uniquely rich, in terms of thinking-talking folks having a median income so far above their subsistence levels.
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ALTRO MARCHIO: LA RICCHEZZA
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Today median world income is now roughly five times subsistence level and rising.
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Virtual Cornucopia Bryan Caplan
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Wages have risen because economic growth rates have outpaced feasible rates of growing well-trained people. But current growth rates simply cannot continue at familiar levels for ten thousand more years. We'll eventually learn everything worth knowing about how to arrange atoms, and growth in available atoms will be limited by the speed of light.
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I PESSIMISTI: LA CRESCITA ETERNA NN È POSSIBILI X QUESTIONI LEGATE AGLI ATOMI
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I'm baffled. You don't have to be a sci-fi guy to think that in the next century we'll get working virtual reality. And once we have that, why couldn't economic growth of 1% (or 10%) continue forever in simulations? In the real world, we can't all be emperor of an infinite universe. But I don't see why every one of us couldn't preside over our own simulated utopias?
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TESI: LE SIMULAZIONI CONSENTIRANNO LA CRESCITA ETERNA
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As for all this talk of atoms: Economics is about value, not matter. As long as people regard vivid virtual goods as acceptable substitutes for actual goods, how can the scarcity of atoms stop everyone from having everything he desires?
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E POI: VALORI NN MATERIA
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Limits To Growth By Robin Hanson ·
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There are roughly 1057 atoms in our solar system, and about 1070 atoms in our galaxy, which holds most of the mass within a million light years. So even if we had access to all the matter within a million light years, to grow by a factor of 10200, each atom would on average have to support an economy equivalent to 10140 people at today’s standard of living, or one person with a standard of living 10140 times higher, or some mix of these.
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H. MANCANO ATOMI PER SOSTENERE LA CRESCITA
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Robin's Atoms Bryan Caplan
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Suppose the universe contains one person and one really good virtual reality machine. In this virtual reality, the universe's sole inhabitant is a god. Whatever he thinks, happens. Question for Robin: As long as this person regards virtual reality as a good substitute for actual reality, why shouldn't we say that his standard of living is not just 10140 times greater than ours, but infinitely greater than ours?
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RISPISTA CON ESPERIMENTO MENTALE
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Robin Hanson risponde a Caplan
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