Tag: automation
Book Review: Groove is in the Heart: The DisCO Elements
DisCO Coop (primary authors Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel). Groove is in the Heart: The DisCO Elements. Introduction by Ela Kagel and Afterword by Ann Marie Utratel (2020).  As the Introduction explains, the first installment of the DisCO Trilogy — The DisCO Manifesto — was about ” the reasons behind DisCO, its roots and…
Imagining an Optimistic Cyber-Future
Mastering most things humans do requires lifetimes of practice. Woodworking, gardening, and painting are just a few crafts whose histories stretch back thousands of years. But modern telecommunication, the act of communicating nearly instantaneously with someone from afar, is different. Its history is so short that there is relatively little of it: the very first…
The End of Work (As We Know It) Part 2: The RICH Economy
In my previous essay Bullshit Jobs and the End of Work (As We Know It) I discussed the economic phenomenon that David Graeber coined as “bullshit jobs,” how the (transitionary) solution he suggested was to establish a universal basic income (UBI) and embrace automation leading to the end of work as we know it, and how this mirrors the…
Tra Marx e Automazione
Di Eric Fleischmann. Originale pubblicato l’undici ottobre 2018 con il titolo Forcing Marx Into the Automation Debate. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. L’automazione, ovvero la riduzione e/o eliminazione della partecipazione umana ai processi produttivi, è argomento economico fin dalla rivoluzione industriale. In genere, il dibattito verte sulla possibilità che l’automazione porti alla disoccupazione di massa. Riconosciuta,…
Forcing Marx Into the Automation Debate
Automation, the reduction and/or removal of human participation in processes and procedures, has been a topic of economic discussion since the Industrial Revolution. The general dispute has been about whether or not automation will lead to mass unemployment. Acknowledging but passing over the primitivist perspective, in the 20th and 21st century, two camps have taken…
L’obbligo Scolastico Esaspera la Disoccupazione da Automazione
[Di Vishal Wilde. Originale pubblicato su Center for a Stateless Society il 20 novembre 2016 con il titolo Compulsory Education Exacerbates Job Losses from Automation. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna.] C’è molta speculazione e ansia giustificata sul fatto che progresso informatico (soprattutto l’intelligenza artificiale, o IA) e robotica possano generare automazione e dunque disoccupazione di massa….
Compulsory Education Exacerbates Job Losses from Automation
There has been much speculation and justified anxiety concerning how advances in Computer Science (in the field of Artificial Intelligence – AI – in particular) and Robotics could result in mass unemployment due to automation. However, the fact that compulsory education exacerbates this especially problematic aspect of technological progress is largely neglected in such discussions….
Inequality Isn’t Something That Just “Happens”
A think piece by Walter Frick at Harvard Business Review (“Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1%,” Dec. 21) draws a line in the inequality debate between those (mostly CEOs and other corporate apologists) who see it as resulting from a mismatch between the supply and demand for certain skills,…
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