“The problem with abundance”

From Globetechnology:

What do traffic jams, obesity and spam have in common?

They are all problems caused by abundance in a world more attuned to scarcity. By achieving the goal of abundance, technology renders the natural checks and balances of scarcity obsolete…. {snip}

Any technology which creates abundance poses problems for any process which existed to benefit from scarcity.

Obvious ideas once they are laid out in front of you, but not necessarily obvious ahead of time. Think “long-term effects” from “short-term actions”.


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