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  1. We will be fantastically rich, in material terms. But we will still work.

    “In a post-industrial society, it is social status, more than anything else, that drives people to work so diligently all their lives.” — Edward Castronova, “Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier”

    Consider that we could live at the material level of 1950 working less than half the hours we do. And even conservatives would consider it immoral to consign the poor to the medical care available to the rich in 1950. But nobody’s going to voluntarily sacrifice half his living standards *relative to everybody he knows*.

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