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Nolen Gertz
It's always fun to see how far back one can find an argument mocking the utopian aspirations of automation. Here is one such example from Althusser in 1969...
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Nolen Gertz Jan 19
Replying to @ethicistforhire
Marx (1867): "It would be possible to write quite a history of the inventions, made since 1830, for the sole purpose of supplying capital with weapons against the revolts of the working-class. At the head of these in importance, stands the self-acting mule..."
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Nolen Gertz Jan 19
Replying to @ethicistforhire
"This invention [self-acting mule] confirms the great doctrine already propounded, that when capital enlists science into her service, the refractory hand of labour will always be taught docility."
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Romeu Moura Jan 17
Replying to @ethicistforhire
What is the oldest example you know? :)
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Nolen Gertz Jan 17
Replying to @malk_zameth
Good question. Will have to check the bibliography of my book ;-)
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Dr Matt Cole Jan 17
Replying to @ethicistforhire
Mocking machines and automata is as old as singing their praises. Two side of the same coin!
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Anton Jäger Jan 18
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