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The Dark Side of Digital Finance: On Financial Machines, Financial Robots, and Financial Artificial Intelligence

The Dark Side of Digital Finance: On Financial Machines, Financial Robots, and Financial Artificial Intelligence
by Brett Scott
Posted May 28, 2016

financial AIFast-forward to 2016 and we’ve entered into a world no longer dominated by tools, but by machines. The crucial difference between a tool and a machine is that the former relies on human energy, while and the latter relies on non-human energy channelled via a system that replicates – and accentuates – the action of a human using a tool.

The carpenter is now a furniture corporation using computer-programmed CNC cutters. Likewise, the bank that keeps score of that company’s money runs humming datacentres with vast account databases. These are digital equivalents of the old ledger books, drawing upon fossil-fuel generated electricity to write and hold information as magnetised atoms on hard-drives. More…

Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age

Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age
By John W. Whitehead
Posted May 5, 2016

military empireThose coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state.

They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and on guard against domestic acts of terrorism, blowback against military occupations in foreign lands. And they will find government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice. As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences. More…

Accountability 102

Accountability 102
by David Watkinson
Posted April 26, 2016

experiment in inhumanityThe Stanford Experiment was quite remarkable. In my opinion, it clearly demonstrated the ease with which anyone can go from normal to Nazi in just under a week. The Professor in charge went from amiable to Goerbles in the same time frame.

So, under similar circumstances, the human race goes from whatever you wish to call it now to George Orwells 1984, fairly quickly.

The experiment isn’t a mainstream topic, the results haven’t been endlessly discussed. The clever Facebook person summed up the problem far more concisely than I would ever bother with. Accountability. No one was accountable to anyone. Which is sufficient to go from normal American man in his twenties to something far darker, in a week. More…

Beyond the Empire of Chaos: the Life Capital Solution

Beyond the Empire of Chaos: the Life Capital Solution
by John McMurtry
Posted April 25, 2016

John McMurtryLife capital is an objective and quantifiable process whose criterion is life wealth / capacity that produces more life wealth / capacity without loss and with cumulative gain through generational time (e.g., a society’s public hydro infrastructure, its literacy development, or an individual’s organic fitness through age stages).

Yet it is crucial to emphasize that life capital does not presuppose a private possessor of it. Nor does it require a private profit. But both these false presuppositions have become instituted as akin to physical laws in the reigning ‘economic’ paradigm. More…

Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems

Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
By George Monbiot
Posted April 24, 2016

neoliberalism-distorts social structuresSo pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. We appear to accept the proposition that this utopian, millenarian faith describes a neutral force; a kind of biological law, like Darwin’s theory of evolution. But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power.

Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning. More…

Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Progress

Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Progress
by Scott Santens
Posted April 21, 2016

human progress impededWhat an interesting place and an interesting time it is for a visit. Earth’s most intelligent primates are busy creating technologies that allow them all to do less work, freeing themselves from millennia of senseless toil and drudgery.

Strangely, however, they are using such technologies to force each other to work longer and harder. In one area called the United States, responsible for so much of the world’s technological innovation, at a time when productivity has never been higher, the number of hours spent working for others in exchange for the means to live is now just shy of 50 hours per week, where it was once 40 and soon supposed to be 20 on its way to eventually approaching zero. More…

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