What seems to be the prevailing opinion in both large parts of the general public and a significant portion of the en vogue theoretical left is that current and future developments in the fields of automation, machine learning and AI are going to effectively supplant the need for large portions of the currently existing workforce. However, the necessity of such a development is often too quickly assumed in an utopian or dystopian manner. Can we really expect the end of work in the foreseeable future? Are we already in a position where the main political choice we face is one between a road that leads towards a freer society of abundance and short work days (if at all) on the one hand and another, much more dreadful path of management of an ever growing surplus population on the other? This panel will examine predictions of the outcomes of the so called fourth industrial revolution and try to locate the limits to the ongoing trend of automation as it is currently envisioned. In doing so, we will try to establish a perspective where the ongoing debate can be translated into a more hands-on approach to social analysis that goes beyond futurological speculation.
Speakers: Mateo Gaddi, Tomislav Medak, Nadia Garbellini, Anže Dolinar
Host: Nejc Slukan