Humans Need Not Apply

It's not strictly solarpunk, but CGP Grey's "Humans Need Not Apply" is a 15 minute video about the inevitability of complete machine takeover of virtually all labor - one of the serious near-future issues that solarpunk writers should be aware of, both as a relief to look forward to and a problem that needs solving. (Since the global economy is currently based on the idea that people prove their right to keep living by employment.)

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Moving away from "utopian"


I want to move away from calling Solarpunk utopian because a utopia is basically an impossible future, utopia means ‘not a place’ and that’s not what Solarpunk is about, it’s about actually creating a sustainable, real future. A real possible future for everybody. 

I support this move. I’ve been mostly using the word optimistic, which can also be a problematic word sometimes but I think it more closely reflects the idea of stories that are about a world where the big problems are solvable, not a world where the big problems are solved.

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