Browsing All posts tagged under »automation«

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.

Dealing with the “4th Industrial Revolution”

January 30, 2016

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The so-called "Fourth Industrial Revolution" has the potential to free humanity from drudgery and poverty, but only if it is under true democratic control and serves the interests of humanity as a whole. So it is not a matter of demanding changes in mere policy, but in the political system itself.

A new year — and a new world ahead

January 10, 2016

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We are on the cusp of a time when all work could be done by machine. Yet there is little sign of any move to design or promote a system that can cope; that could ensure that the technological advances made can be utilised for the benefit of humanity as a whole. Instead, there is a grasping at myths of the past.

Coping with the robot revolution

September 21, 2015

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If the rise of robots — the spread of automation — is killing jobs and threatening the world with disaster, how can this be seen as potentially beneficial? It’s a question that is frequently asked and seldom answered. But we should welcome developments that minimise drudgery and that produce more and better products more cheaply and efficiently — however, only if they benefit us all.