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The gamification of the economy: creating rivalry where there is none

Humanity has always been used to competing over scarce resources.

Over the years we’ve become better at it: more adept at making the most of the resources we have at our disposal and better at seizing the resources we need by force. i.e. cleverer.

And so it is we find ourselves perfectly equipped for a life of competition. Genetically hard-wired for it, if you will.

The problem is we can’t really improve on the way we club each other to death anymore. Muscle reached its peak with the invention of nuclear weapons. The ironic consequence of that was a peace-inducing stalemate. Wars over resources still happen, of course. But very rarely on equal footing. Meaning for the most part the enemy of the highest power doesn’t stand a chance. Read more