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[–] Agitprop 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

In a word, no. No society has ever existed without some form of currency or trade.

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That doesn't mean that human society requires money in order to exist.

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[–] Entomo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This. Once there the means of production is no longer dependent on human labor, there will likely be massive social uheaval. Assuming civilization survives the outcome should be that the basics of life will be provided for free. There may be currency for luxury items, but with society having secure source of food and shelter, there won't be a need for currency.

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[–] NovelistDG [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] Arotaes_Forgehammer 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's possible, but it would require a massive social upheaval.

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[–] NovelistDG [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I agree. What do you think would be the catalyst?

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[–] Sarus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The inevitable total crash of the worlds economy

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[–] rwbj 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

When resources are effectively infinite and labor is primarily automated then obviously money will no longer have much purpose, but we're still a very long ways away from that. I think people mentioning automation in this regard are jumping the gun. The unlimited resource stuff is a distant future scenario. Automation will completely (or nearly) remove humanity from the means of production in an ever increasing number of established industries, but resources will still be limited. And so money will be necessary. What automation in the mid-term future will likely bring is something like an unconditional basic income similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund. For instance every citizen may become a private shareholder of the primarily automated industries by right of being a citizen. It let's us reconcile automation while keeping society trucking forward in a merit based (or at least biased) system. Completely killing off poverty, malnutrition, need-based crime, and so much more are all just nice little side effects.

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[–] NovelistDG [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Interesting, I never heard of the Alaska Permanent Fund before today. Thanks for the info.

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[–] lord_nougat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes sort of, but for some reason there will still be latinum.

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[–] NovelistDG [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

To trade with aliens of course.

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think we'll have to if we truly want to advance, but I think that society will collapse before we get to that point. The majority of people are far too stupid to think 5 minutes into the future, they certainly can't think far enough ahead to plan for the something like a society without money.

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[–] Reow 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not until we force people to give up their free will.

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[–] CatNamedJava 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No. As long as there is scarcity of time and resources we will need money. We have to have a way to allocate these among peoples. Money allows you to store your allocation of resources til you want it and gives you the ability to outbid people who vslhe the limited resource less.We could change how money is gained, like everyone is given a fix amount.

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