So obviously people who are the life of the party, or have in demand skills, or are aggressive at networking will do well anywhere that relies on @-rep. But I've got to wonder what happens to people like me in these places. See, for various reasons I was depressed to the point of being unable to work, socialize, or function normally in society for the better part of ten years. Now, I have a comparatively mild case - I never tried to kill myself or hurt anyone else - But some people are even more difficult to deal with than I was. All I did was lose all my friends, eat up tens of thousands of dollars of drugs and therapy, and produce nothing of economic value for nearly a decade. So what does an @-rep society do with people who are mentally ill? Or who have no useful skills? Or are just boring or unpleasant to be around or sort of annoying? What does a severely resource constrained society that runs on how much everyone likes you do with people who aren't likable and aren't likely to produce anything useful? I mean sure, psychosurgery is a thing, but the thing about therapy is that it's extremely expensive - It takes a lot of time and the attention of dedicated, highly trained specialists. At least in a cash economy you can pay people to do it. In a rep economy you'd have to, you know, have a rep. And maintain some kind of rep when your disease is causing you to actively, maybe aggressively push people away from you. I'm asking because the whole autonomous collective thing sounds great on paper, but at the end of the day most people individually don't have the compassion, resources, or inclination to care for mentally ill loved ones, let alone mentally ill strangers, and societies as a whole have no use for the mentally ill and have made it abundantly clear to people with mental illnesses that if they can't hide what they are they risk being imprisoned or murdered, whether directly by violence or indirectly by neglect. There's a great big goddamn elephant in orbit. After your ego is shot to pieces because you were dealing with horrifying Exsurgent threats that no one is going to give you rep for because you can't tell them about it who is going to take care of you in the outer system? Please tell me I'm wrong and there's a mechanism for this. The world we live in now is kind of a horrific place if you've got a mental illness, and while EP certainly isn't a bright and happy future it's one that requires confronting some pretty radical new social concepts. I'd like to believe that those new societies aren't using the old "shove them out into the cold/vacuum" method of dealing with socially undesirable populations.
—What is boils down to is that "Killer Robots exterminate humanity and escape to the stars" is one of the *good futures*.