Why do we need more manufacturing capability?
I've heard that by working as little as two hours per week, Americans could keep themselves comfortably supplied with the necessities of life. This actually seems plausible, given that something like 1.5% of the population is engaged in agriculture, and manufacturing has had many decades to become similarly mature.
In the next few blog posts, I'll be exploring several interlocking questions about economy, productivity, and society, on the way to grappling with the big question: If molecular manufacturing really will provide revolutionary manufacturing capabilities... do we need it? Do we want it?
And what if we need it, but we don't want it?