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Robots aren’t Workers

The onslaught of so-called Artificial Intelligence is just a tool for the bosses to discipline labor. Algorithms supervise workers across the full spectrum of the economy, penalizing us for not living up to their standards and intruding into every aspect of our lives. The increased use of AI as a tool of economic mediation is not going to make things easier for anyone, except the people trying to figure out how to pay us less for the work we do. When Czech playwright Karel Capek came up with the word “Robot” in 1920 he was using it to sarcastically refer to the way that Capitalism makes workers into automatons, stripping them of their lives and their purpose in order to make the bosses rich. A bitter irony that one hundred years later workers are still losing their autonomy, but now the robots are in charge.

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