technology

Artificial intelligence, unemployment and universal basic income: another panacea of the owner class - humanaesfera

How can AI concretely change capitalist society? And how can universal basic income be implemented in practice?

The Working Class Should Not Fear Automation; It Should Embrace It

Automation technology has been used by capital to eliminate jobs and used as a threat against workers when demands for higher wages are discussed. But it can also be used by the working class, if done right, to make their lives better and balance the power with capital.

The capitalist use of machinery: Marx versus the objectivists - Raniero Panzieri

Italian Marxist Raniero Panzieri on the capitalist use of technology and machines.

Music is stagnating, are neoliberalism and the gig economy to blame?

A crowd lights a bonfire of disco records at Comiskey Park

Progress in music is slowing down, a look at how neoliberalism and developments in music production and distribution may be to blame

Soldering on: report on working in a 3D-printer manufacturing plant in London

The first part of the article looks at the current hype around automation and post-industrialism. The second part looks at the concrete conditions in the west London factory, which largely employs female migrant workers.

Captain Swing was here!

An example of a Captain Swing letter

A short history of the 1830 Swing riots by Stuart Booth. Farm bosses would receive threatening letters from a fictional “Captain Swing”, and if they didn’t submit to the demands their premises would be attacked.

The Luddites: machine-breaking in regency England

Cartoon depicting the fictional Luddite leader Ned Ludd

A historical overview and analysis of the Luddite movement 1811-1816 which swept parts of the UK as workers smashed machines to defend their jobs, pay and conditions.

Who were the Luddites?

Illustration of a Luddite

A brief overview of the Luddite movement: militant textile workers in the UK who fought against job losses and deskilling brought about by the industrialisation of the industry.

Technological despotism - Ian Tillium

An attempt to analyse technological innovations from a working class perspective in the early 1990s.

The “gig economy”: Some cursory thoughts and link dump

Despite being a generally annoying term, the “gig economy” does signify some major shifts in class composition and the strategies of capital. But what should it mean for us as radicals?