Pretentious title? I was going for eye catching
Here is what I think is going to happen. I am confused when people talk about "money" in the future. I highly doubt the same concept of money will exist in a century, as it does now. Money is there to facilitate the transactions of goods and services, e.g. I pay money to my electrician to fix my lighting. I pay money to Apple to buy their new ipod. Currently we NEED money, there is no going around that.
But...Skip a century in the future and the picture is likely to change. Once 3D printing becomes more advanced in a decade or so, you will likley see the stirrings of a change. Money will become less important, once we dont need it to get what we want. Yet it will still be needed because even in a few decades we wont be self-sufficient.
Now skip to the mid 22nd Century, long after the supposed singularity. By this time I fully expect (and I am sure that at this late a stage, all of you will agree) that humans will be intimately linked to machines. When that happens we wont need engineers, computer developers or AI scientists, becasue thanks to our greatly enhanced intellect we will be able to be all of these things ourselves. Specialisation will be gone . We will be able to upgrade ourselves with no help from anyone else. Money will be gone. Capitalism will be dead.
Now you might say interesting argument O'Neil, but what the heck does this have to do with feminism and VR? EVERYTHING.
Once Virtual Reality hits, the world will change. And it will change drastically. The governments of the world will try to impose laws on VR, but it will not work. Not when the entire population wants it. There are arguments now about the violence of videogames, and VR will amplify that 100 fold. I dont think I need to explain why. But like a drug that the entire population is addicted to, laws trying to restrict it wil not work. Those kinds of laws only work when the public supports them, and VR is far too enticing for that to happen.
What does this have to do with feminism? I believe feminism is a disease, an ofshoot of the once noble goal of equality for women. But is represents somthing far more sinister about our society. It has peremeated our entire society, which is now full of double standards. Women want to be equal to men, but they want a special type of equality. Men are expected to pay the bills on a first date. Why? Because it is the girl who is wasting her time to go out with the man. The man's time is not considered. This is not womens fault, but more a statement on how our society is skewed.
Once VR comes along, gender relations will be changed. Men wont need to put up with women's crap and women wont need to put up with men's crap (it goes both ways). How will that change society. Well lets discuss...
To recap, because I fear I may have rambled: let me connect the dots here...
The advent of VR is likely to change gender relations and significantly downplay the importance of money. When you can drive a ferrari in VR, who cares what you drive in real life? But money will still be needed, because people still will need money in real life.
Que further in time, when we are intimately linked with machines, and dissapearance of specialisation really destroys the entire concept of money. The entire human society reknits itself along these new principles.
Up until VR, the double standard of society was still going strong, but such a sudden shift sparks a huge amount of protests, especially from feminists, many who complain of the "degrading" things done to women in these virtual environments, completely ignoring what the women get up to with virtual men in VR. In other words the double standard still perists...except no one cares anymore. VR means that they dont have to care.
The dissapearance of money altogether marks the end of gender relations. By this stage I dont even expect many transhumans to identify themselves as man or woman. Rather I am me, and you are you.
What do you think of my argument? Think I'm Jesus? Think I'm on crack? Tell me!