Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Destruction, in the form of a pill

Imagine a little pill. Something that, without physical side effects, could have the most disruptive effects on our way of life.

What would that pill do? Put people in a constant state of bliss? Halt the bodies natural aging process? Double the size of our....brains?

Try this: eliminate the need for sleep. Sweet, we'd all get an extra 8 hours of leisure time each day, right? Scott Adams doesn't thinks so...

Or would the possibility of working twenty hours a day become a necessity, as wages plummet with the instant doubling of labor supply?

Suppose the sleep drug becomes illegal in the United States without a prescription (likely), and legal in a competing country (also likely). The countries that use it will become economic powerhouses while effectively enslaving their workers around the clock.

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