The automation paradox

Ever since textile workers in 19th century Britain attacked the machines that eliminated their jobs technological disruption is met by society with suspicion and ambivalence. As the era of machine intelligence and human-like robots dawns economists scramble to determine the benefits and costs of the “second machine age”. Steam delivered the automation of manual labour;... Continue Reading →

The human use of human beings

Such was the title of a book by Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics. In his book, published in 1950, Wiener pondered on the social questions and consequences of automation, at a time when the computer age was still an idea in very few people’s heads. Being an optimist he considered the mechanisation of work... Continue Reading →

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