Category the future

when work is too demeaning for robots

Get a human to do it. Indeed as The Nation article says – some of the “requesters”, the people who actually offer tiny bits of tedious piecework to a vast mob of competing – desperate – workers are actually just computer scripts outsourcing work they cannot do. The site they’re talking about is Amazon’s Mechanical […]

What is a social movement?

And is Momentum the leading grouping behind Jeremy Corbyn a social movement or something else? Stephen Lambert makes some interesting points here about the nature of social movements, splitting them into pre and post-Sixties types; which I think is quite useful in understanding them. I’ve also been thinking about social movements because of of the […]

sharing economy?

I’ve touched on the subject of Uber and Airbnb previously, if somewhat briefly. Well David Bollier recently highlighted this report on a genuinely cooperative sharing economy from the Rosa Luxumbourg Siftung. Well worth a read – workers can compete on a level playing field while organising our selves.

workers power and basic income

An increasing number of people are talking about an unconditional basic income, as a pragmatic method of eliminating poverty and granting workers more freedom to be flexible – and to challenge bad employment practices. Here are some key arguments in favour of a basic income from a “left” position. Various parts of the world are […]

cooperation and solidarity in austerity Britain

I was struggling to think of an apt title for this post and may yet come back and edit it. I wanted to write this on New Year’s Eve, eve because while politically it may seem like the future in the short to medium term is bleak to some readers, and for others there may […]

As usual something worth reading from Charles Stross right here