technology

Taking stock: Reflections on the uncertain likelihood of a European revolution – Miguel Amorós

A 2018 assessment of the prospects for a communist revolution in Europe, where the “logic of the commodity and of unbridled economic development has so profoundly penetrated society that it has successfully prevented the appearance of any collective revolutionary subject”, in a situation in which “thinking constitutes the most radical and daring act, and also the one that arouses the most suspicion and hostility” but also one in which the elements for “a rigorous historical vision” (“ecological critique, anti-development analysis, anthropological studies and value theory”) are present, which could serve as the basis of orientation for “authentic revolutionary thought”.

Technological society—mass society – Miguel Amorós

A 2005 summary of the author’s views concerning the defeat of the working class in the 1970s and 1980s, the role played by technology in this defeat, the rise of the “masses” (who cannot “distinguish between reality and fiction”) that emerged from the dissolution of class consciousness as subjects of consumer society under the new totalitarian or “fascist” conditions, the repercussions of these developments on ideology (not exactly “fascist”, but a “hodgepodge … of previous ideologies”) and politics (“managing the survival of the masses under catastrophic conditions”) during the last thirty years, and prospects for revolutionary critique and resistance.

Response: A digital capitalism Marx might enjoy

This is a response to an article originally posted on the MIT Technology review . The article claims that the nature of capital has changed so much from the newly industrialized economies Marx knew that there is a fundamental change in capitalism Marx could agree with. They take this position in favor of labor, but we will see just how good their analysis and proposal for the position of the laborer in future society is.

The present technological revolution and the emergence of postcapitalist social relations

I will address three sets of questions:
First: is there a technological revolution, and in this case, what does it consist of?
Second: is there currently an emergence of a new type of social relations because of this revolution?
Third question: what consequences such a reality may have for a revolutionary perspective?

R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots - Karel Čapek

A stage play about an industrialists attempt to maximise productivity by replacing human workers with artificial ones dubbed `Robots`.

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?