smackson t1_iz95ccm wrote

> expensive af coz of excessive government regulation

Ah. I see you are a member of the church. The church of "whatever's wrong with free market capitalism is the fault of too much regulation".

You sound like one of those teenage libertarians who I thought were getting fewer on the non-circle-jerk areas of reddit.


smackson t1_iz8zj1v wrote

Not gonna downvote you, but you sound somewhat like an apologist for elitism. "Normies" is also too big and diverse a category to paint with such a broad brush.

I think It's possible to live in a world where economic incentives do have a role but where there are some limits on wealth disparity (and resulting quality-of-life disparity).

For example, I think the cellphone is a decent example of where the market was the prime mover (with one caveat: don't forget who invented the internet) and the poorest people did benefit from rich world tech investment and speculation.

But pharma and basic research is a mess... a lot of it subsidized by the taxpayer via grants in the university system, meanwhile price gouging on the other end by the pharma corps, for their contribution ("we have to make obscene profits or you won't have vaccines!") and insurance middlemen basically feeding off everyone else's misfortune.

And I think that if true life-extension arrives... the model will be much closer to the latter.


smackson t1_ivdz3fw wrote

Problematic outlook there...

How long did it take cellphones to go from "just a rich broker's toy" to "literally everyone has one"?? (A generation?)

What about airplane travel? (A couple of generations)

A.I. will spread much faster than that, coz it doesn't even require global distribution of hardware/ can be cloud based.

So, be careful what you give rights to. They will have the numbers to out-vote humans a few years later.


smackson t1_itx21rp wrote

Remember when myspace got, like, 65% of the formula right but the other pieces weren't in place / the world wasn't ready yet?...

Then fb figured out the gap, and the tech, a couple years later and created their rocketship?

Zuckerberg is helming the "myspace of the metaverse"... he's hoping he can bridge the gap. But the future is not predictable (just ask Tom from myspace).

I hope he gets taken down a peg. The metaverse should be an open protocol, not a corporate product.