If technology leads to financial inequality but experience equality, so what?
Facebook and Uber won’t get rid of poverty.
But they’re just the beginning of a shift from ‘real’ to digital, artificial experiences. Few things, in principle, can’t be delivered through technology.
Is it possible that, one day, even the richest person would prefer to live in an artificial VR world? To have their senses tricked? To hook themselves up to the experience machine?
This is a pivotal historical moment. If even the richest person prefers an artificial experience over all that their money can buy, won’t the poorest?
Once even the rich prefer artificial experiences, experience equality becomes possible.
If this technology will ever exist for the richest, one day the poorest will have access to it. Technology gets cheaper and quicker to distribute over time.
We will all have equal access to experiences, whether or not the experiences we choose are equal.
When we prefer artificial experiences, and everyone has access to them, the world will be much less financially equal. But maybe even the poorest won’t experience it that way.
After all, we’ll be charged whatever we can pay. And at that point, why bother getting rich?