I'm fairly new here so I have to admit I'm behind and have not been able to give this thread the necessary pondering.
An RBE or Zietgiest type economy seems inevitable in our future.
As I try to examine money vs ethics I think much like Prof.
Society has created a money scale as a measure of status. To this I rebel. I am what anyone would consider financially successful. I don't dress the part or live the part. My cars are typical as are my clothes. If I have a journey to make that is under 2 miles I walk. I muse to myself as I see fat ladies in their SUV's eying me as a car-less individual. My house is very nice and somewhat large but is situated in a part of town that doesn't gouge status seekers with exorbitant taxes.
As I read all the comments here I see the status scale applied to money as the main fault in the system.