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Strap in — it’s the rise of the machines

January 21, 2020

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Artificial Intelligence and the technology employing it is not our enemy; it is who controls it and to what end that will determine whether humanity benefits or finds itself in the sort of dystopian world only imagine4d by the most pessimistic speculative fiction writers. The technology now being developed, displaces human labour; it does not (as in previous industrial revolutions) provide machines that make human labour more productive. It has never been more imperative for working people to take democratic control and perhaop liuberate humanity.

2020: Tumult lies ahead — but hope too

January 17, 2020

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Hope for the future lies in placing the massive advances in technology and AI under democratic, accountable and transparent control. Failure to do so could result in a dystopian future that only the most pessimistic of speculative fiction writers have imagined.

Trade wars & steps in the right direction

November 18, 2018

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It seems essential to take steps to move away from the clearly dangerous and damaging economic dogma of neo-liberalism. Far from being either free or fair, it is, in fact, an anarchic system that creates the "race to the bottom" that so harms the majority to the benefit of a tiny minority while being destructive, overall.

Evidence of a real alternative

October 6, 2018

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It is estimated that automation could soon cost some 4.5 million more South Africans their jobs. “Soon” could mean 2020 or very shorty after. And the number of jobless could be very much higher if, as seems likely, the global economic crisis becomes more severe.

Farm wages, workers & common interests

May 13, 2018

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We are all trapped in an economic system which, if its demands were judged by human standards, would almost certainly be regarded as criminally insane. Government, perhaps encouraged by the unions, could take steps to introduce an element of stability and fairness to those who suffer most in this global asylum. This could be a step forward to dealing with the lunacy itself.

I have seen the future & it frightens me

September 23, 2017

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The automated future is upon us — and it works. But only at the expense of the majority of people who have to sell their labour in order to survive. Yet, if properly managed, such technological innovation could liberate humanity.

A basic income glimmer of hope

November 19, 2016

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As we head toward what looks likely to be a rather austere festive period at a time of great political uncertainty arguments in South Africa about a minimum wage continue to rage. But it is an argument that misses an imporyant point as joblessness grows.