Billionaire Marc Andreessen warns we're headed to a world where a college degree costs $1 million and a flatscreen TV costs $100
- Marc Andreessen recently wrote a blog post about regulation stymieing innovation in certain sectors.
- Those regulations, he says, cause education and healthcare to get more and more expensive.
Billionaire investor Marc Andreessen warned that the prices of education, healthcare, and housing are "going to the moon," in a recent blog post.
"We are heading into a world where a flat screen TV that covers your entire wall costs $100, and a four year college degree costs $1 million, and nobody has anything even resembling a proposal on how to systemically fix this," Andreessen said.
The Silicon Valley investor said that sectors provided or controlled by the government have become "technologically stagnant." Innovation in certain highly regulated sectors, like education and healthcare, "is virtually forbidden," causing high prices, he wrote. Andreessen said that over time the price of highly regulated products will continue to climb, while less-regulated products, like flatscreen TVs, will become cheaper.
Andreessen pointed to a chart that pulled data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2000 to June 2022 to prove his point. The chart showed the price of television sets had decreased more than 80% in two decades, while college tuition and hospital services had each increased more than 160%.
Data like this — which he says is caused by regulation — makes him less concerned about AI innovation replacing jobs, despite the current "panic."
"Those industries are monopolies, oligopolies, and cartels, with extensive formal government regulation as well as regulatory capture, price fixing, Soviet style price setting, occupational licensing, and every other barrier to improvement and change you can possibly imagine," Andreessen said.
He does not, however, provide any specific examples of regulation.
The billionaire has made similar arguments in the past, saying in 2017 that there are two different economies: one in which innovation is encouraged and moves quickly, and one in which innovation moves slowly due to government regulations.
Since ChatGPT was released in November, the chatbot has spawned speculation that the technology could eventually replace some workers. Insider previously reported that some jobs could be at a higher risk of being replaced by AI than others. Still, the technology is far from perfect and has been know to generate misinformation and incorrectly answer coding problems.
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