In my early rhetoric about virtual reality back in the 1980s, I always said that in a virtual world of infinite abundance, only creativity could ever be in short supply – thereby ensuring that creativity would become the most valuable thing. Recall the earlier discussion of Maslow’s hierarchy. Even if a robot that maintains your health will only cost a penny in some advanced future, how will you earn that penny? Manual labor will be unpaid, since cheap robots will do it. In the open culture future, your creativity and expression will also be unpaid, since you would be a volunteer in the army of the long tail. That would leave nothing for you.
Jaron Lanier – You are not a Gadget