Actually the problem is that everyone is looking at this in terms of how we live now, on this one you have to think out of the box. We shouldn't be focussing on privacy either, it's just one of many symptoms of the greater problem. On the other thread it was relevant, on this one it's been singled out and creates a false paradigm. Privacy is not single handedly holding our species back, like I said, it's 'just another barrier', a behavioural adaptation that makes sense the way we live now because hording information gives a competitive edge but one that is helping to lessen our long term survival likelihood. (And part of the problem is right there, we live such short mayfly life spans that we struggle to imagine anything beyond our own life)
There are two main contributing factors to the way we live, behavioural adaptations like intelligence that helped us evolve to a point where we're currently a successful species, and resource availability. Greed, as an example, promoted survival because if you surrounded yourself with material goods you were more likely to survive and pass on that gene for wanting more. It helped us get this far but like many other adaptations it's now holding us back. To imagine a world without everyone striving to have as much as they can, you have to remove the need for them to do it and to do that you have to find a way to provide for everyone without anyone having to lift a finger themselves.
The answer is pretty simple, Artificial Intelligence and the exploitation of off world resources. AI gives us the starting point to develop mechanisms that will do all the work that we currently do and the resources for every human alive to live in comfort are there for the taking just in our own solar system, let alone the rest of the galaxy. Both technologies are in their infancy but instead of spending every effort to develop them and free ourselves from our tiny venerable ball of rock we just waste money and effort fighting each other so that a small minority can remain in power.
Perhaps we'll always keep our economic imperatives, maybe we need them and it's too late to evolve new behaviours. Perhaps we'll free ourselves from them and spend our lives in the pursuit of leisure without the need to worry about paying the bills or where the next meal is coming from. I don't know if the future I hope for can ever realy happen, but I do know that the way we're living now has serious implications for our survival as a species, and they're not good.
What you’re not seeing is that in the future I’d like to see for our species you can have whatever version of Utopia you like as long as everyone involved is a consenting adult…. I wish there were another word for what I’m trying to describe, ‘utopia’ is a word that fills people’s heads with preconceptions.