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"This paradox between our affluence as consumers and our precariousness as workers poses economic, political, and moral conundrums. If we can produce more with less, and workers become redundant, who will buy the goods? A robot can make a mobile phone but it cannot purchase one. Workers are also consumers. Fire your workers, your profits will rise until the day no one can afford to buy your product. Henry Ford was a visionary for paying his workers enough so they could buy his cars. Ultimately, our production possibilities frontier and so our societal wealth is determined by our level of technology. That keeps expanding. Thus every year we should be richer. Each generation should be better off than its parents. That we are not is a problem of distribution."

The Central Paradox of the 21st Century (via azspot)

I think ultimately this is an argument about the sustainability of capitalism. The progress of technology is a key factor but it’s not the issue.

(via buzz)

— 1 month ago with 100 notes
#economics  #captalism  #sustainability 
If William Shakespeare wrote Star Wars…

Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Quirk Books

If William Shakespeare wrote Star Wars

Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Quirk Books

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#star wars  #shakespeare  #fusion 
Living, breathing city…
Map of Manhattan - Population density plot vs time of day.
[via Darkhorse Analytics blog]

Living, breathing city…

Map of Manhattan - Population density plot vs time of day.

[via Darkhorse Analytics blog]

— 2 months ago
#map  #manhattan 
Satellite images of Earth

Selection of images from the Earth as Art collection, USGS

Afgan Mountains

Mississippi River

Malaspina Glacier

Whirlpool in the Air

Bolivian Deforestation

Edrengiyn Nuruu

Rocky Mountain Trench

— 3 months ago
#nature  #landscape  #satellite  #earth  #photography