Over and over and over again what we want is a voluntarist world. Its become non negotiable. We can’t stand undue influence or coercion. At this point we actually need this voluntarist world to survive, it doesn’t seem like we can go any further without it. SAFE is part of it. It can help deal with government censorship and deal with propaganda/censorship through potentially bypassing the filters of sponsorship and state media.
I see two things that are killing us us from the essential voluntarists point of view. One is oil. Its a massive economic efficiency and enviro externality and aggression drag that is a ball and chain around humanities ankle that has to be retired as soon as possible The other is work. Work has been phony for 50 years. We get paid to torture each other with obsolete paper work. Most employers are at best baby sitters. There isn’t enough unconscious denial left to allow us to keep faking it. The the other common variation on this is the sweat shop and its surely a case for automation and hence just as fake. Its as if we’ve suddenly realized we’ve been carrying monopoly money around in our wallets and bank accounts. Crypto will replace gold and tech like solar will replace oil.
Here is a concrete example of tech pushing us toward a voluntarist outcome. Tesla thinks it can build a plant that runs 20x faster than any plant has ever run, run it without humans and with much higher quality and lower cost. A completely automated machine. It says if someone replaces their own job they will find them another one. But here’s the thing, there is no arguing against the potential of a machine and no denying it at this point. We can’t even fake it. So Musk says a guaranteed annual income is going to be inevitable. I’d say its long over due. But the kicker is, it has to be a very high GAI, because from a voluntarists stand point work more than anything else must be completely voluntary. And given the state of tech (despite crowding) it has to be better than something like: here is this plot of land, its yours work it to survive, build you’re own tools.
There is a benefit to us having each other. Maybe some exotic tech will give us the homestead back. But our tech has reached the point where we can store information in a single electron, almost a limitless amount and retrieve it. Electron as info packet? Not as mind boggling as qbit (same kind of thing and can be or is spread across space /time.) but its a nano or quantum world and its meaning in social terms is voluntarists in that we are not as constrained by space-time-causality-necessity type relationships, as much anymore and stuff can finally be much more voluntary and conscious. Involuntary is unconscious and asleep- its wasted potential as in a “mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
But let me just address a GAI issue. It was a conservative idea historically. Think of it, with a high enough GAI, no need for a union, and really no need for hierarchy it allows the voluntary scope of relations to unfold with relations based on trust instead of fear and on free will instead of base of Maslow’s pyramid need, its allows for more actualized relationships where we cooperate instead of exploit each other, for friendship instead of slavery. Its our collective inheritance. If you can’t exercise your free will, and use your voice or express yourself you’ve been rendered unconscious, you can’t even give, your development has been stunted, your potential contribution for having lived gone, its a dead state.
Here is professor Guy Standing talking about a global revolt against a phony free market.