I wrote:

> If I succeed at promoting cold fusion and it becomes generally used, I
> shall play an important role in changing the world more than Marxism and
> Capitalism combined.
>

That sounds like hyperbole, but I mean it. I think that Marxism and
capitalism are both on their way out. As we have discussed here, I think
robots and intelligent computers will compel us to adapt a new form of
economy that is neither capitalist or communist.

Capitalism began around the year 1500, gradually replacing feudalism.
Communism began around 1850. Both are now in their twilight. I expect that
by 2100 we will have a new economic system. Unlike every previous system it
will not mainly depend on the exchange of human labor for goods and
services. It remains to be seen what it will be like. I hope it will be
better for everyone, and better for the ecology, but you never know how
things will turn out.

If cold fusion succeeds I expect it will last much longer than 500 years,
and ultimately it will have a larger impact than capitalism had. If the
human race survives for millions of years -- as I hope it will -- over the
next few million years cold fusion should have roughly the same impact as
the discovery of fire. Unless something better is discovered.

People who have not read history have the notion that institutions such as
capitalism, nation states, universities, corporations and so on have been
part of society forever and they will always be with us. Actually, they are
recent inventions and there is no reason to think they will continue
centuries into the future. They will continue as long as people find them
useful.

- Jed

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