Hello all. I was wondering at what point in the EP timeline post scarcity might arrive to the majority of the system. I hopefully don't have to explain why a setting full of disembodied minds, cruddy robosleeves, and lack of water is not yet post scarcity. My best guess is "a couple of decades off", and worst case is "effectively never." I see it as an infrastructure vs population problem. I.e. the robo-miners, fusion reactors and cornucopia machines that would allow 500 people to be effectively post scarcity would only provide a Jovian lifestyle for 50,000. With an increased standard of living, would people be less likely to have offspring and just enjoy being catered to by droids? That would reduce the time to decades, as manufacturing could outpace the population. Or Is this an unwinnable race, where as the standard of living goes up, the population swells and offsets those gains much as a modern road project?
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