These are the economics. The efficiencies under social contract. Os sepi to poli.
We have a unit of function, over a unit of subjective matter. Dependent on the number of nodes, or persons, interacting on this apparatus. Multiples of function enhance efficiency. Woo hoo!! These are the aesthetics of the machine mind. Careful what you create. Eliezer Yudkowsky can attest.
"It is what you do not know, that matters." - Nassim Nicholas Teleb
Take the materialist empiricist views of truth through the senses from Sextus Empiricus (2nd century AD) to Bacon and Hume to the Logical Positivists; Karl Popper and AJ Ayer. Is this world better than realities through abstract reasoning? The rationalists, the idealists? Plato’s non-physical forme, Kant’s moral laws, and René Descartes with the Mind-Body Problem that persists to this day. Abstract reasoning is a gentle hawk in a sky of doves, without it prosperity would look a whole lot different. We just need to know where to apply it take precautions not to prevent increasingly complex social institutions without a mechanism or relief valve for these sensibilities. Encouraging innovation should solve entitlement and actions of affirmation.
Aristotle was always searching for function and proper place. This was his aesthetic. William James spoke about 'Streams of Consciousness', David Bohm tried to bridge Philosophy with Physics. Irritable aesthetics? Persistent and self-fulfilling, perpetual in time. My tastes are eclectic. Romantic for sure, and always optimistic. Enlightened, Optimistic, Romantic, Eclectic. E.O.R.E. Can you tell I just made that up? I am concerned with the romantics of the past, pitted against the progressive tendencies of the Enlightened ones. Can we be both Romantic and Enlightened and still be Progressive and Pragmatic? I say yes!