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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Leisure

Player Piano

Kurt Vonnegut

1952

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2018-02-19

Finished Player Piano which is a book about an imagined future of automation. The basic question is how to form a society where the bare necessities require a small portion of people's energy. Although this question seems new to those whose traditions involve harsh weather and difficult soil, if you imagine tropical paradise, it's not a question that begins with technology at all.

Rationing goods for labor makes sense when the goods are products of labor, but when that becomes less so, how should things be shared?