Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Tue Jan 06 2004 - 15:33:22 MST

On Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 04:06 AM, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Jan 2004 01:23:33 -0500
> Randall Randall <> wrote:
>> Right, but the monetary system works for both kinds of
>> entity, so why not use it? To use a non-monetary system,
>> it seems you'd have to make selfishness nonexistent, but
>> to use a monetary system, you don't have to make altruism
>> nonexistent. Money is more general.
> In the realm of software I have spend 21 years in the money making way
> of doing things. I conclude that while this way of producing and
> disseminating software is sometimes useful and does increase financial
> well-being, it is not the best way to produce really good software or
> have it have maximal input on human abilities and well-being. There
> are various models that almost work and some number of hybrids that
> look at least somewhat promising. But proprietary software is imho
> in trouble.

Certainly it is. Proprietary software (in the usual sense
of non-shareable software), however, is not the only way
of applying money to software production.

Randall Randall

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