Thanks for bringing up Maslow. I’ve been thinking that we are headed to a Post Truth age — where facts become less and less important as we collectively move up the hierarchy. I felt like Trump was a harbinger of this, and the 4-chan article and all the excellent comments point this way as well.
As Musk said recently, AI will make us obsolete. For the 99%, that means a safe, satisfying digital existence (in the basement or otherwise) where we can lulz to the end of time.