I want you to close your eyes and imagine the future, possibly something like iRobot, A.I., or Star Trek the Next Generation and then try to describe what you imagine would be the characteristics of an advanced culture populated by human beings. You know machines are going to take over most manual labor jobs and manufacturing. Computers most of the computations. Maybe they will even gain self awareness! However, besides being turned into a power source, by machines bent on ruling the earth, what kind of society do you imagine will be able to function and stay viable with lots of humans and few jobs? Will traditional capitalism work? Will this give an edge to socialism? What about benefits like education and health care? With machines doing most of the grunt work, will this free human beings to simply explore their intellectual and physical potential? The flip side is how will we support themselves? If you can't earn a living in an old fashioned way, it seems like we are going to have be some kind of communal society. Or are we going to plunge into anarchy and a breakdown of society with everyone fighting for their piece of the pie? What do you think?