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    Tea Earl Grey hotSo spoke Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard on many episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation But econom

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    This is an excellent book but for a niche audience You need to have watched Star Trek I mean all of it And you need to be interested in econom

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    Money is one of humanity’s most clever and enduring technologies It is a brilliant way of transferring value across vast distances and decen

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    As a long time Star Trek fan who has a bit of interest in economics I thought this was an interesting read I wish that the author had spent a

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    The author uses Star Trek Next Generation as an example of society without money people can work or not work as they wish because the replicator creates any and all things that people would want Through a lively discussion

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    Long time fans of Asimov Star Trek and related s f will appreciate this rumination on Roddenberry's utopia How improbable is the Trek scenario? Well we have communicators and talking computers now don't we? So why

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    This is a rather hard book to review because I wanted so so much to love it The second I saw an internet article about the idea I was on Inkshares to support throw money at the endeavor and asking my friends to do the same My partner and I ended up pre ordering two copies because we were worried that it wouldn't make its g

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    As a lifelong Star Trek fan who has been reading economists Brad DeLong who provided the Introduction and Paul Krugman who provided technical commentary for years and years this was so well targeted at me it might as well have been a photon torpedo sorry I couldn't have been interested in an explanation of the economic logic of the post scarcity paradise depicted in the best televised science fiction franchise of all time While

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    I heard about this book via Scalzi's Big Idea feature and it sounded awesome so I picked it up right away The author set out to write the book he wanted to read about the future economics of the world set up in Star Trek and I think

  10. says:

    Nice choice Mom Thank you for the recommendation Live long and prosper thus alludes to another kind of prosperity

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Nto the details and intricacies of th century society Trekonomics explores post scarcity and whether we as humans are euipped for it What are the prospects of automation and artificial intelligence Is there really no money in Star Trek Is Trekonomics at all possible.. This is a rather hard book to review because I wanted so so much to love it The second I saw an internet article about the idea I was on Inkshares to support throw money at the endeavor and asking my friends to do the same My partner and I ended up pre ordering two copies because we were worried that it wouldn t make its goal and be published Well this book was not successful Perhaps the reason is that this book not only needed a good editor and perhaps something akin to a phd mentoradvisor but also perhaps the author was not the right person to write it Take for example this uote from the last chapter of the book when discussing the Great voyages of discovery in the world s historyPersonally I find it very reassuring even heartwarming that great explorers and inventors should be so typically human They were strivers small minded low rent busy bees I like that That means they were just like you and me just a tiny bit crazier or luckier 216 Regardless of his thoughts on the kinds of Christopher Columbus I think this is really indicative of just how he feels about Star Trek and the world it inhabits He dismisses space travel and other space ventures because they cost too must He disparages the characters on TNG for no learning no growing 166 despite evidence to the contrary on its seven seasons that the author ignores and constantly discusses DS9 for its depiction of flawed individuals and life beyond the Federation the very thing he s supposedly writing a book about If he dislikes utopia and a world with much of the strife of our current century noticeably absent what is it exactly that he likes about Star Trek He devotes an entire chapter to the Ferengi and after a well recognized parallel in 20th21st century capitalists he all but praises how great they are and how admirable their culture Of course some discussion is obviously necessary but his tone changes rather dramatically hereUltimately this book doesn t cover much economics at all I was really disappointed as the title implies that this is exactly what the book is about the economics of Star Trek Unfortunately he goes on and on about scarcity and the distribution of resources Which while it can t be the only possible issue in a Star Trek economic utopia it certainly is one in our contemporary times It is the very issue that defines political arguments do we become a social democracy or slash all social programs into a Keynesian market free for all The author is an advocate for the former But where the author could have used some imagination to think beyond logics of capitalism all he can say is how expensive things are and how we have to think about how to distribute and allocate resources His short introduction of GPS as a global common good is interesting but it just cracks the surface before he moves on to something else In fact that is a common tactic in his book he brings up a lot of things briefly then moves on before he has fully considered themOne thing he recognizes that I absolutely agree with that technology will bring us to a new world In fact as he recognizes somewhat it already has Agricultural jobs and now industrial manufacturing especially jobs are uickly waning as technology takes care of the drudgery for us But instead of prosperity for all the owners of the technology pocket the profit and live a life free from work and need while the workers must find their drudgery in wages elsewhere in other areas Instead why not bring up the proposals of the guaranteed basic income for example While it s still embedded in capitalist thinking it is an interesting way that a few governments have come up with to deconstruct the idea that we must work for a living What else is going on in the world right now that suggests a move toward a Star Trek economics He doesn t sayI also enjoyed his short discussion of early science fiction authors and their influence on the original Star Trek show I really do want to know about Asimov after reading this book and I ll try to delve into other authors of the time period as well Perhaps for this book to have been a success someone with an extensive economic theory background would have been able to look at failures of utopian models in history look at current trends surrounding capitalism and movement to and away from it to answer the authors final uestion how can we get to a world like Star Trek Unfortunately either the author s knowledge of economics and history psychology social sciences etc was inadeuate or he neglected to write about it This book reads like a meandering cobbled together undergraduate thesis rather than a coherent well edited book I wonder if the author could have improved it if he had sought traditional publishing where his ideas could have been critiued edited and re written As it stands I doubt it would be published conventionally without heavy editing But despite this review I did not hate the book I was just very very very disappointed I love Star Trek and I don t love it as the author disparages because it s an adventure in space with aliens and faster than light travel otherwise I d just be a Star Wars fan Sure those things are cool In fact it s in the encounters with other worlds that the characters in Star Trek are able to reconsider their highly held precepts and examine their history and their current ways of doings things and how they should act in the world Instead I love Star Trek because of its optimistic view on what the future of humanity could look like That we could rise above our difference and actually seek out new life and new civilizations so that we might delight in differences and new ways of doing things that we might delight in having our assumptions critiued That we might work together to create a world where national borders have no meaning and no matter where you are born you have access to the same resources so that poverty and hate and suffering are only something you read about in books Where we might live beyond money where we explore what it truly means to be human where we don t live our lives in the drudgery of trying to pay bills to meet our basic needs or be shackled to accumulating goods to feel like we are doing well in life Where education is freely shared and desperately striven for where improving our lives together is the highest occupation That s what I love about Star Trek That s what I want to explore in looking at the economics of Star Trek Will someone please write THAT book

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Manu Saadia has managed to show us one reason perhaps the most compelling one of all why we all need the world of Star Trek to one day become the world we live in Chris Black Writer and Co Executive Producer Star Trek Enterprise What would the world look like if ev. This is an excellent book but for a niche audience You need to have watched Star Trek I mean all of it And you need to be interested in economics Satisfy that and you ll have a fun time with this

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Erybody had everything they wanted or needed Trekonomics the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backwards through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist Delving deep i. Long time fans of Asimov Star Trek and related s f will appreciate this rumination on Roddenberry s utopia How improbable is the Trek scenario Well we have communicators and talking computers now don t we So why not a society that has eliminated war poverty and other problems and where work is optional because replicators make anything and everything for free How do I vote for this agenda Shall we call it the Landing Party