The Robots are Coming

A casual discussion about the automation of work and the decreasing relevance of humans to productivity.

Disembodied Objects of Speed and Efficiency

February 05, 2016

In a discussion about automated business processing in Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans.

It is here perhaps that IBM gets us closest to a digital version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and where, whether we are physicians, fast food workers, middle managers, or Walmart associates, we have become disembodied objects of speed and efficiency joined to these electronic symbols on the screen—symbols that the “process assemblers” then move around as they see fit and with the real, corporeal us having to following orders like members of a digital chain gang, pushed first one way and then another by our virtual overseers.