A ‘Star Trek' economy: Do we want an economic utopia?
Aug 9, 2015 7:38 AM - There's one big, obvious thing missing from the future society depicted in "Star Trek": No one is doing business. There is almost no one buying and selling, except for a few species for whom commerce is a form of traditional religion. Food and luxuries are free, provided by "replicators" -- machines capable of creating essentially anything from pure energy. Recreation, provided by virtual reality, is infinite in scope. Scarcity -- the central defining concept of economics -- seems to have been eliminated.