EF45 (S2-E6): Weaving Society’s Web: Purpose in a Future Without Work

Weaving Society’s Web: Purpose in a Future Without Work

EF45 (S2-E5): Weaving Society’s Web: Purpose in a Future Without Work

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Cocooned in webs of lies about happiness and freedom, many people overwork, chained to careers they despise. Would a society without work function and also make people happier? Or would it fail because work is one of the most meaningful human pursuits? More...

The big question driving episode EF45 is … What is the meaning of work?

In a post-work society governed by an artificial intelligence corporation, John Weber is the creator of an illegal virtual world called Silk that is cloaked in secrecy. Accused that Silk is causing VR overdoses that leave players in debt or even dead, Weber is forced to negotiate with the government’s representative, Karl Shultz. Although the premise for the meeting is to find a mutually beneficial resolution, it quickly becomes clear that both parties have more nefarious ulterior motives. 

Although many people wish they didn’t have to work, we rarely think about how important work is to our well being outside of the obvious financial benefits. What if the problem isn’t the work itself, but the way the system is organized? If there was a way to create a perfectly equal society — like the one John Rawls proposed in his brilliant Veil of Ignorance thought experiment — would people pursue careers around the things they loved instead of just chasing money? And would this have the power to reinvent society around an entirely new type of capitalism of shared value, instead of individual gain?

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to John Rawls. See the EF45 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more. 

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